BBC Calls For Foreign Journalists To Be Allowed Into Syria After Minister’s Comments

By: Rachel McAthy | Journalism.co.uk

The BBC has called for Syria to allow foreign journalists into the country after a spokesman for the Syrian information ministry said she thought it was the right move.

In an interview with BBC Radio 4 on the Today program this morning, Reem Haddad, who is also the head of Syrian state television, told the broadcaster “you have a point”.

“I agree, I think foreign journalists should be allowed in”.

She added that the BBC has a journalist working for BBC Arabic in the country who could report on events. But BBC World News editor Jon Williams, who responded to her comments in a post on the Editors’ blog, said local journalists are greatly restricted and often intimidated.

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