DAMASCUS- President Bashar al-Assad and Mrs. Asma al-Assad voted Sunday on the draft of the new constitution for the Syrian Arab Republic at the TV and Radio Center in Damascus.
President al-Assad hailed, in a statement following the voting, the great efforts exerted by the Syrian media, highlighting the progress made by the Syrian television and the Syrian media in general.
"However, comparisons always come up in which the Syrian media, which is mainly the official media, is being compared to the non-official media in other countries," said the President, dismissing this comparison as "inaccurate, non-objective and not possible."
President al-Assad added that Syria’s official media should be compared to official media in other countries since the goals and tasks of official media are different from those of private media.
"If we compare the Syrian official media now to its counterparts in the region, I believe it is the best," the President stressed, adding that "nonetheless, we are not interested in comparing ourselves to those who are less, and we will keep comparing ourselves to those who are better."
President al-Assad also emphasized that the attack Syria is facing is a media attack. "However," the President continued, "media, notwithstanding its importance, doesn't outdo the reality. They may be stronger in space, but we are stronger on the ground. Still, we want to win on the ground and in the space."