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The media war at Syria peace talks

The media war at Syria peace talks

The tightly packed throng of journalists shouted and jostled, straining to grab the attention of United Nations special envoy Staffan de Mistura at the start of much-anticipated talks aimed at ending the long-running civil war in Syria.

Finally, a correspondent for Syrian state TV, Elissar Moualla, emerged victorious from the scrum.

"Mr. De Mistura, I want to ask about the list of terrorists," she said in halting English, adopting the Syrian government's favorite term for anyone who has taken up arms against it. "Did you decide … who are the terrorists?"

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