Brian stelter, cnn anchor: anchor: Welcome back. How do journalists get accurate accurate information about ISIS? We've been asking that question here for a while now, partly because of the beheadings beheadings of James Foley and Steven Sotloff so gruesomely gruesomely showed all of us the dangers of being a journalist in ISIS controlled territories. territories. But now there is a different take on take on the question of how to cover ISIS and this time, it's more of a how to? And that's because believe it or not, the group has spelled out conditions that local journalists must abide abide by if they want to continue reporting in those areas. The website Syria deeply published the list of 11 Rules this week, saying for example the journalist must swear allegiance allegiance to Abu Bakr al Baghdadi and they must speak with the ISIS Press Office before publishing any stories or any videos.
So, to try to get a clearer picture of how the ISIS propaganda propaganda machine works, let let me bring in CNN's senior international correspondent, Arwa Damon. She is on the Turkey Syria border with us. Thank you for being here Arwa. Tell me about the safety situation. It is simply not safe for you as a CNN correspondent to enter an ISIS controlled area, is that right?
ARWA DAMON, CNN Senior international correspondent: No, it would be impossible to somehow be able able to safely do that, especially especially in light of what happened to happened to other journalists that have attempted to do that. There was a point in time when there were dozens of people being held by ISIS amongst the many westerners, many foreign journalists, some of the Europeans have been released, others unfortunately sadly gruesomely gruesomely beheaded. beheaded. For us, as westerners, right now, crossing into ISIS territory, territory, it just simply is not a viable viable option.
BRIAN STELTER: And there are still reporters who have been in Syria who have been missing for years. Austin Tice, one of them, we just don't know the status of people like him. Tell me about the rules, this list of rules that came out this week, published by Syria deeply. It read to me like may be ISIS is trying to get more sophisticated sophisticated in its use of the press by allowing some local journalists to cover them.
ARWA DAMON: Here's what's quite quite interesting about all of this is that, if you were to look at say six months ago before these rules even came out came out People were not even allowed to take cellphone video of areas that ISIS controlled. You couldn't even stand in the street and take a selfie, your phone will be confiscated. confiscated. In fact, ISIS took over took over many of the areas that it did in did in Syria, lot of those media activists were forced to flee flee because ISIS had put a price on their head and now, we have this set of rules that local journalists must abide abide by that also include include going to the ISIS office to get permission before going out going out to film a story and then of course ISIS having to look over the footage and the content of whatever it is that's going to be distributed.
BRIAN STELTER: Which we would call censorship, censorship, you know, basic censorship.
ARWA DAMON: Right, and it is also interesting too because if you look at it, this is not too dissimilar dissimilar to what say the Syrian regime regime would've put into place, but the Syrian regime regime would actually, yes, not require that you pledge pledge allegiance allegiance to them, but they also had their rules where we had to submit where we wanted to go, who we wanted to speak to, what we wanted to film and at times, they did not last and that when we were able able to get visas to cross into Syria by the government, look at our footage, but they did maintain that...
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