The Syrian opposition: who's doing the talking?

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The mainstream news media have, in the main, been remarkably passive when it comes to Syrian sources: billing them simply as 'official spokesmen' or 'pro-democracy campaigners' without, for the most part, scrutinising their statements, their backgrounds or their political connections. A passionate hatred of the Assad regime is no guarantee of independence. Indeed, a number of key figures in the Syrian opposition movement are long-term exiles who were receiving US government funding to undermine the Assad government long before the Arab spring broke out.

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