Syrian State TV’s Disturbing Broadcast Implying a Journalist is a Combatant.
See Watching Syria’s War take of the manipulative “report” suggesting that Cuneyt Unal, a Turkish journalist captured by loyalist forces and in Syrian government custody since late last month, was a foreign combatant. Mr. Unal works for al-Hurra. In the video, bruises can be seen under his eyes. There is no word in the broadcast of Mr. Unal’s missing colleague, Bashar Fahmi, of Jordan. Mr. Fahmi has not been heard from since his disappearance. He was reportedly wounded just before being taken.
None of this makes the state television broadcast. Rather, Mr. Unal describes his journey into Syria as if he were headed there to fight. Turkey’s foreign minister put the spectacle into a useful context, via Reuters.
Speaking at a news conference in Ankara shortly after the video was aired, Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu rebuffed suggestions Unal had gone to Syria to join the rebels and said the Syrian government was responsible for his safety.
“He was forced to make a statement that was dictated to him. Is there a possibility Cuneyt Unal, who went to the region to conduct journalism, has turned into a militant? We do not take the claims seriously in any form,” Davutoglu said.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPH
Screen grab of Syrian state television image purporting to show Mr. Unal wielding a rocket-propelled grenade.
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