Al Zawraa Television broadcasts from Syria on behalf of the Sunni Baathist insurgent group, the Islamic Army of Iraq. News includes promoting anti-Shiite propaganda and graphic images of anti-American violence.
Lawrence Pintak, director of the Adham Center for Electronic Journalism in Cairo describes a bit of pre-Christmas, if post-modern, viewing fare:
In one English-language hour-long program, aired a week before Christmas but not seen since, the narrator addresses himself to President George W. Bush, referring to dead US soldiers in Iraq as "miserable nobodies." The program combines scenes of the preparation of car bombs, missile attacks and comments from alleged insurgent commanders with footage of US soldiers storming homes, torture at Abu Ghraib, scenes from "Top Gun," Bush's "mission accomplished" speech, Michael Moore's "Fahrenheit 9/11" and the final evacuation of Vietnam.
According to Pintak, the head of Al Zawraa claims to have made a deal with three European satellite channels, one of which reaches American audiences. The channel is already seen throughout the Arab world, via Egyptian satellite television. Read more ...