State-run news agencies: ‘killer’ Erdogan and ‘dictator’ Assad

Turkish President Erdogan with Syrian President Assad before 2011.

The state-run Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) has reported today that, “armed terrorist groups backed by the killer Erdogan regime attacked civilian neighbourhoods in the centre of Aleppo injuring five people.”

According to SANA’s report, which it bases on its Aleppo correspondent, opposition groups fired rockets into the Hamdani and Beni Zaid districts of Aleppo.

Excluding an enclave of a couple of neighbourhoods in the north of the city controlled by the Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG), Aleppo is under the control of Syrian government forces after the army was able to push opposition groups out of the city in December last year.

SANA’s description of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as ‘killer’ in the title of its report is in keeping with the publicly owned news agency’s rhetoric towards the Turkish leader.

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency as well as many other pro-government news outlets strictly refer to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as ‘dictator’ in their reports.

With both state-run agencies funded by the taxpayers of the respective countries, their editorial lines are disturbingly reflective of the rhetoric used by the ruling strata of each country, hampering the right to information for the people of Syria and Turkey in an era where the term ‘post-truth’ is fast becoming a mainstream phenomenon.