Asad in Search of Legitimacy
The Syrian regime, ruled by the Ba'th socialist party and headed by presidents from the 'Alawi minority, faces problems of legitimacy vis-?-vis its people, which it tackles through powerful security organizations and the state media. This text examines the government media machine, which exists to express the regime's viewpoint in both local and external spheres, and to promote acceptance of the legitimacy of Asad's presidency and government. The media also attempts to mobilize the masses to act in the service of the state by disseminating information which reflects Asad's position on current issues.
Publication Date: 7/1/2005