On Tuesday 11th July we had a thought provoking panel discussion as part of the Celebrating Syria festival on Syria's arts and culture before and after 2011. The Panel addressed questions such as 'what happened to the arts and to culture under the dictatorship of the Assad regimes?' 'What does oppression do to artistic and creative expression?'
We issued a press release on 3 July in response to The Canary's republishing of Seymour Hersh's propaganda piece denying Assad's commission of the 4 April Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack. Such pieces spread lies and misinformation and contribute to an increasingly misinformed public on the dynamics of the Syrian conflict.