Syrian Expatriates Organization Decries the International Firm Brown Lloyd James (BLJ) Support of Assad Regime and Their Help to Improve the Regime’s Image

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Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) condemns the international firm, Brown Lloyd James (BLJ), for its effort to promote a friendlier image of Bashar al-Assad and his regime. BLJ was essential in helping al-Assad improve his image as a reformer per recently leaked documents on the website Wikileaks. SEO demands that BLJ release any and all emails and documents related to their dealings with the al-Assad regime.

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Syrian Expatriates Organization (SEO) condemns the international firm, Brown Lloyd James (BLJ), for its effort to promote a friendlier image of Bashar al-Assad and his regime. BLJ was essential in helping al-Assad improve his image as a reformer per recently leaked documents on the website Wikileaks. SEO demands that BLJ release any and all emails and documents related to their dealings with the al-Assad regime.
The LA Times is quoted as saying: “last May … the firm (BLJ) advised Syria that it needed to buff up its image abroad as decidedly unflattering stories of mass arrests and alleged killings spread in the press.” Emails dated 5/19/2011 from BLJ advise Assad stating: “Syria seems to be communicating with two hands. One is offering reform and the other, rule of law. Rule of law is a fist. Reform is an open hand. Right now the fist appears to the outside world, and probably to many Syrians, as though it is ten times bigger than the outstretched palm…They must be brought into better balance.”
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/world_now/2012/07/wikileaks-syria-email-pr-firm.html
http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-syria-mood-20120706,0,2335242.story

SEO Board member, Dr Bakr Ghbeis, stated, “It is outrageous that an American PR firm would work closely to improve the image of a mass murderer and staunch enemy of the United States.”
SEO deplores The Brown Lloyd James (BLJ) PR firm attempts to polish the dark image of Assad’s crimes against humanity and their efforts to represent him as a reformer. SEO urges BLJ- PR to adhere to its ethical obligation in conveying accurate news about the al-Assad regime, and the true tyrannical image of Assad family. Furthermore, SEO requests that BLJ releases all documents and e-mails related to their dealings with the al-Assad regime and his allies.

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Sawsan Jabri
Syrian Expatriates Organization
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