The top German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, has the following report about the Houla massacre.
"According to accounts from authentic witnesses... the fighting started when rebels attacked three Syrian army checkpoints around Houla. These checkpoints were set up to protect the Alawi villages...
"According to the witness accounts, those killed were nearly all families from the Alawi and Shia minorities in Houla.
Prime German Paper: Syrian Rebels Committed Houla Massacre / Lavrov on Syria/ Report: Syrian Rebels Responsible for Houla Massacre
The truth seeps out of Syria, writes PETER HITCHENS in the Mail on Sunday
Peter Hitchens has been contacted by a group of Western women who live in Syria and who believe that we are being lied to about Syria.
Peter Hitchens believes it is "vital that people resist attempts to drag us into Syria, too, by feeding us one-sided atrocity propaganda."
Peter Hitchens reminds us that "Libya, 'rescued' by us a few months ago, is now a failed state whose main international airport was recently taken over by gangsters, and where unjustly arrested prisoners are starved and tortured in secret dungeons."
According to one of Hitchens's informants from Syria: 'These protesters are not peaceful, flower-carrying people wanting freedom. No, they are weapon-toting killers who snipe, who ambush, who fire upon the army with the sole purpose of inciting riot and mayhem.'
The informants say that many of the 'activists' are foreigners.
Another writes: 'I have seen reports of opposition rallies which showed pictures of pro-government rallies, and reports purporting to be from the north Syrian countryside, where it has been an incredibly wet year, which appear to have been taken in some desert.
'The news being accepted as truth by BBC World News is so biased these days that I no longer believe what they say about anything any more, after more than 60 years of crediting them with the truth.'
One informant refers to a rebel killing a policeman.
"A riot followed, reported by foreign TV stations as a police attack on peaceful marchers."
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June 9, 2012
The Free Syrian army set up a leading Western journalist, Alex Thomson, and an Arab League observer to be killed.
Alex Thomson, chief correspondent of the British Channel Four News, has written that the Arab League observer, brought in to monitor the situation on the ground, had been set up to be killed.
According to Alex Thomson: "I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot...
"An Arab League Observer tells me he too was 'set up' in same way by Syrian rebels in al Zabadani."
Earlier this year Al-Jazeera's correspondent in Syria Ali Hashem resigned over the Qatari-owned channel's coverage of Syria, after editors refused to show a video he had filmed showing opposition fighters.
Channel 4 News's chief correspondent Alex Thomson says anti-Assad Syrian rebels plotted to kill him and his crew when they were in Syria.
He says that he and his crew were deliberately led by the rebels into an area where they would be killed.
He said: 'I’m quite clear the rebels deliberately set us up to be shot ... Dead journos are bad for Damascus.'
'Suddenly four men in a black car beckon us to follow,' Thomson said: 'We move out behind.
'We are ...told by the Free Syrian Army to follow a road that was blocked off in the middle of no-man’s-land.
Alex in Syria.
'At that point there was the crack of a bullet and one of the slower three-point turns I’ve experienced. We screamed off into the nearest side-street for cover.
'Another dead-end. There was no option but to drive back out onto the sniping ground and floor it back to the road we’d been led in on...
'Predictably the black car was there which had led us to the trap. They roared off as soon as we re-appeared.'
He concluded his blog saying: 'In a war where they slit the throats of toddlers back to the spine, what’s the big deal in sending a van full of journalists into the killing zone?