is starting to make itself heard. From this morning’s NY Sun,Syrian Dissidents Find Their Voice As Lebanon Provides a MegaphoneA Syrian writer, writing from Damascus, in an article published in a Beirut newspaper,
In biting metaphor and with blunt fury, he describes how, under 42 years of Baathist rule, Syria’s media has performed as a tin pot press. Reporters and editors have been required to stage Orwellian stunts in which the cruelties and depravities of the Baath Party are described as glorious deeds, in which “their corruption is turned into achievements, and their profligacy into profits.” Mr. al-Baba reminds his audience of the days before Baathist tyranny, when Syria had hundreds of lively magazines and newspapers instead of a few orchestrated, official ones. He calls for a press in Syria that would be free to “learn and make mistakes, get it right, fail and succeed” and write the truth instead of trumpeting on cue the party line.
Meanwhile, the excellent Jane Novak reports that in Yemen, Yemeni prisioner Abdulkarim al-Khaiwani is to be released.
Update First, a clarification: The Sun article is by Claudia Rosett, who’s in Lebanon.
Jane says, It’s official!. Jane deserves a standing ovation.