Facebook reporting paints an exaggerated picture: Syrian newspaper chief

Tall tales and outright misinformation plague war reporting in Syria, claims Absi Smesem, the editor-in-chief of a new weekly Syrian newspaper based in Turkey.

He hopes to leave behind what he disparaged as the ‘Facebook phase’ of reporting on the Syrian uprising, reported New York Times on Monday.

Smesem believes more objective coverage is essential in the effort to overthrow President Bashar al-Assad.

Too often, says Smesem, he could not believe the news on internationally broadcast satellite channels. According to him, news channels rely heavily on unfiltered reports from local activists, if all else fails they simply use social media websites as a source of information.

Al Arabiya, United Arab Emirates

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