This week, Gareth Browne talks to us after returning from a week-long government-monitored trip into Assad's Syria
Beyond the Headlines podcast: Inside Syria's propaganda machine
Syrian President Bashar Al Assad has always held a tight grip on media in his country. After seven years of a vicious war, the strongman maintains strict control over all news coming out of his side of the country.
The National was given a glimpse into what Assad wants the world to interpret about his regime. Our correspondent, Gareth Browne saw right through it.
We spoke to Gareth as he returned from a week-long government-monitored trip into Assad's Syria. He told us about how the country's secret service hounded the group of journalists from the UK and what it means for the Syria's outlook.