In the last article of this year, we may be dominated by the desire to resist colluding with the world regarding what is happening in Syria. There is a need to make a creative and exceptional effort so the Syrian news makes it back to the headlines and is freed from those besieging it. Syrian events intimidate the Syrians as well as the world as atrocities continue and the situation changes on the ground.
We, as media, must contemplate and resist the Syrians’ forced complacency towards the presupposition that their death no longer stirs uproar.
The regime’s missiles, barrel bombs, chemical arms, massacres and death by torture are no longer news. Not even children dying of hunger or cold is news. Footage only reaches those who desire to frustrate themselves with scenes thought by many to be extinct.
The Syrians have realized that the footage they took during the first and second years of the revolution no longer affect the public opinion like they did before. In the meantime, there’s a universal antipathy towards Syrian death. This laziness is political, moral and journalistic.
It is as if there’s an Arab and global decision stipulating that we have had enough of Syrian news even if half of the Syrian people die and even if the entire Syrian people are destroyed. Haven’t the photos of the victims of the explosive barrels in Aleppo during the past two weeks found themselves space in the media?
Who is responsible for the general disregard of the painful deaths in Syria?Diana Moukalled