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Syria / Crackdown / Ambassador's Interview / Zaitouneh Interview (Part II) #1000069

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Aug 18, 2011
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(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Earlier interview continued with Syrian ambassador to U.N. Bashar Ja'afari† about conditions in Syria; video from the streets of Homs and Damascus with shooting heard and shown. [JA'AFARI - denies children are targeted by the police and the army; criticizes the report from the High Commissioner; says the media is ignoring Assad's reforms; comments on the hypocrisy of Britain about its gang violence; asserts reporters have access.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper) Phone report from human rights activist Razan Zaitouneh about conditions in Syria; inset video of violence in the street shown. [ZAITOUNEH - reacts to the lies from the ambassador while people are being tortured.]

(Studio: Anderson Cooper; Beirut: Arwa Damon) The restrictions on reporting in Syria with government minders assigned to journalists, what the ambassador said about armed gangs/terrorists and what she actually saw of protesters asking for basic rights discussed; inset video of violence in the street shown.

Cooper, Anderson;
Damon, Arwa

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