Who is Reem Haddad?
June 10, 2011 1:41 PM Subscribe
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"It's a bit like having a problem in your street, and your mum lives in the next street, so you go and visit your mum for a bit." - - Reem Haddad, Spokesperson for Syrian Information Ministry explaining that refugees are 'not fleeing to Turkey' Reem Haddad
has become one of the most familiar faces of President Bashar al-Assad's regime, with a talent for insisting on innocent explanations
for the brutal government response to the protests.
She is quickly becoming Tweeted as Syria's Comical Ali
Pale-skinned and red-haired, a former TV anchor and daughter of Suleiman Haddad, a Syrian infantry comprehension official, bears a similarity to actress Julianne Moore. With her cut-glass accent
... Haddad argues, denies
and back-peddles her way through her interviews.
"But my dear they are sitting in London. How can they confirm anything!" The world should confirm its facts independently, said the spokeswoman, "rather than taking shoddy, shoddy if I may say, eyewitness accounts." As Haddad well knows, all foreign journalists are banned from Syria. -http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/jun/10/syria-refugees-turkey-reem-haddad
BBC calls for foreign journalists to be allowed into Syria after minster's comments
("You have a point'" Foreign journalists should be allowed into Syria - Haddad)
... but are wary of any such invitations
"I have no idea whether Dorothy Parvaz is in Syria. I have no idea whether she is being held in Syria. I have absolutely no information on this account."
2007 - Haddad interview on international court to try the suspects in the killing of Rafik Hariri, former Lebanese prime minister