The video of an Egyptian journalist on TV defending the Syrian regime shortly before he had a heart attack and died has attracted thousands of viewers.
The story of the death of Egyptian Nasserist journalist Adel al-Gogari on a live TV show, which was reported on Friday on Al Arabiya online, attracted more than 300,000 readers while thousands watched the video on the video sharing website You Tube.
Gogari died while he was speaking as a panelist on the Iraqi channel al-Hadath on the armament of the Free Syrian Army and Russia’s role in supporting the Syrian regime.
The arguments Gogari presented in the defense of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad were vehemently countered by his co-guest in the show, Free Syrian Army Brigadier General Hossam al-Din Awad.
Gogari called Awad a “fugitive soldier” and accused the Free Syrian Army of being funded by Israel.
Gogari, 56, is the editor-in-chief of the Egyptian al-Anwar newspaper and al-Ghad al-Arabi magazine. He is also the head of the Arab Center for Press and Publication.
He graduated from the Faculty of Mass Communications in 1979. He was known as an ardent defender of the Nasserist ideology and Arab nationalism and wrote articles in several Nasserist newspapers like al-Arabi.
Since the eruption of the Syrian revolution, Gogari had declared his support for Bashar al-Assad’s regime and issued many statements against the Free Syrian Army and protestors.