In ANSA-med November 23, 2016
Translated from Italian by Tom Winter, November 26, 2015
ROME - "I fear that Islamic terrorism will strike Europe again, and will not stop with Paris. We Syrians know well its dangers." The speaker, in an interview with ANSA, is Diana Jabbour, head of film and television production in Syria, here to participate tomorrow in a conference organized by the "Federation Assadakah Italy - Centro Italo-Arab-Mediterranean" and in "National Coordination for National Peace in Syria" and to present a very specific request to a group of Italian parliamentarians.
"It is necessary that Italy and Syria restore diplomatic relations, without prejudice. It "was a mistake to have stopped them, because the lack of information each from the other does not help the cause of justice and peace."
Jabbour for ten years directed Syria's film and television system and does not hesitate to admit that the government in Damascus has unfortunately been losing the "media war:"
"There was a total boycott of Syrian media. Suffice it to say that the Syrian television channel has been removed from the European and Arab satellite platforms. " In the meantime," she adds, "the Western media have spread propaganda -- that is driven and also subsidized by some fundamentalist countries in the region -- about what was happening in Syria" and "voices from outside of the choir are rare."
"It is not credible," she observes, "that Assad is the enemy of the whole world, while the West relies on extremist regimes, Wahhabis, where people get decapitated, just like in the Caliphate."
"It is a paradox" - she said - "that these regimes are invited to debate democracy in Syria."
"I ask Western journalists to come to our country, to look with their own eyes, and then to write what they want. It's not fair that they base their information on sites that are not even in Syria and that spread false propaganda," she says. .