On Monday, President Bashar al-Assad received a delegation from the Arab Journalists Federation General Secretariat.
During the meeting, emphasis was placed on the important role of the media in the Arab arena, because the external wars waged on Syria are primarily intellectual and media wars, with mass media being the actual carrier of these intellectual tools.
President Assad said that “immunizing workers in the media is essential for immunizing people, because what the external sides have been doing for decades is manipulating concepts. The main challenge that media has to face is awareness and giving all information to the public, so that it becomes capable of analysis and making connections, which gives them a broader space to understand what is happening around them.”
His Excellency said the media must be the first to deal with shortcomings in Arab communities, which are mainly linked to the identity crisis we experience in the region, which the West has managed to exploit as it used its media to infiltrate our communities and interfere in our states’ internal affairs.
For their part, the members of the delegation said that the Federation’s unanimous decision to hold its General Secretariat meetings in Damascus sends a message to the world that Arab federations and syndicates stand with Syria in its war against terrorism.
They lauded the degree of awareness among the Syrian people, which allowed it to stand fast in the face of this war, despite all the foreign support for terrorism.
The delegation’s members said that winning the media battle requires changing the media rhetoric and language in order to increase influence over the audience, thereby strengthening and immunizing Arab citizens against any foreign propositions that seek to fragment and divide Arab communities.
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