The Syrian president, right, had to make an official
statement to the BBC about the strike [AFP]
On this episode of media review show the Listening Post, Richard Gizbert probes behind the curtains of the Israeli media censor that prevented the country's press from reporting the army's raid on Syria.
 
The lead story this week analyses the Israeli media blackout over the country's September air strike on Syria and how the story was covered in the Arab and western world.
 
This is a media story that works at different levels - it exposes the Israeli media's willingness to keep quiet about military matters, it reveals the truth about Syria's status in the Middle East as shown by the Arab media's silence on the story and it indicates how the foreign media is used by battling factions to air their messages.
 
Initially, Israel's Syrian air strike was reported only in the foreign media and the speculation there was used by the Israeli media to get the story into the national headlines.
 
But the story was blown open when the Israeli opposition decided to disregard the army's rules of secrecy and to publicly discuss the raid.
 
This pushed Bashir Assad, the Syrian president, to make his official comment to the BBC. Watch our show this week to find out the lessons taught and lessons learnt in this international media relay race.
 
Newsbytes
 
Sarkozy was not amused when asked about
his divorce by CBS news [EPA]
In our media briefs section, Newsbytes, we have clips of Nicolas Sarkozy, the French president, storming out of a CBS interview when probed about his recent divorce.
 
We also get you the footage of a fake federal emergency services press meet that was aired live by American news networks. The unsuspecting channels were unaware that the journalists at the press conference were actually employees of the government emergency service itself.
 
A three-nation protest against the imprisonment of Al-Jazeera cameraman Sami al Hajj in Guantanamo Bay is also covered in this section of our show.
 
The feature story in the second half of our show puts the spotlight on a controversial vote in a committee of the US Congress which decided to call the 1915 massacre of Armenian Turks a genocide.
 
The massacres still arouse strong
emotions in Turkey and Armenia [Reuters]
It may seem like a mere matter of terminology, but for Armenian and Turkish people, it is cause for serious debate.
 
Turkey has been using media laws within the country to prevent critical journalism about the Armenian massacre and outside its borders, it has also leveraged its strategic importance both regionally and globally to influence what the massacre is called.
 
For Armenians and Assyrians, the campaign to acknowledge the historical event as genocide has been ongoing. In our story we investigate the media forces on both sides of this tug of war.
 
And finally, closing our show this week is a unique internet video. While most virals simply air via a single video screen, our choice for this week coordinates a square of four video screens to create a rock music video that ... rocks!

This episode of The Listening Post aired from Friday November 02, 2007
 
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