The Media and Iranian Protests

Today many Iranians say: ‘We are so abandoned and isolated. The world has ignored us.’ Compared to the Egyptian protests, the media, especially Western mass media, have took different approach to the Iranian protests. Some of them deliberately ignored the Iranian protests, some of them had not access to the Iranian news, and some of them wanted to obey the regime’s orders. As Wall Street Journal approved, the regime’s Ministry of Information has sent a letter to foreign media offices in Tehran warning that their bureaus would be shut down and their reporters deported if they wrote ‘negative articles’ surrounding the opposition protests. Now let’s take a look at how they covered the 20th Feb protests in Iran:

The Wall Street Journal has some good reports. One of them Iran Forces Push Back Swell of Protesters says: ‘ Mobs of anti-riot police and plainclothes Basij militia lined the streets and on several occasions fired directly into the crowd and beat protesters with steel batons … Basij militia dressed in black shot and killed two young men in Tehran’s Vanak and Valiasr squares … Journalists were banned from covering the event and the Ministry of Information sent a letter to foreign media offices in Tehran warning that their bureaus would be shut down and their reporters deported if they wrote ‘negative articles’ surrounding the opposition protests

The Huffingtonpost has an analytical report. Iran’s Green Movement Lie says: ‘the Iranian people do not want the Islamic Republic, whatever shade it comes in … They do not want this ‘velayat-e faqih’ system — rulership of the supreme Islamic cleric, to put it simply …’ This report is not bad and has some true facts.

The Guardian has not any reports of Iranian protests on Feb 20. In their page for Iran we don’t see any live reports or any special reports about the Iranian protests. They mixed a stupid report of Iran’s events within the reports of some small Arab states. Actually it’s a typical media trick for ignoring facts. They have a live and special report for Libya, but not for Iran. Shame on the Guardian

The New York Times has just one dreadful report Iran Squelches Protest Attempt in Capital has many ugly details and ignores many things. They miss the protests in the other cities, or the fact that the protesters fought bravely against Basiji thugs. Shame on the New York Times

The Telegraph : has some dreadful articles and reports. one of them Why must we continue to appease Iran’s tyrants? says: ‘ the West’s continuing appeasement of one of the world’s most vicious regimes remains one of the mysteries of our time …” It seems good, but it adds: ‘they are still laying siege to Camp Ashraf, which is home to 3,400 members of Iran’s largest opposition group, the People’s Mujahideen of Iran (PMOI)’ Shame on the Telegraph … They support a terrorist, Islamist, and Ultra-stupid group.

2 Responses to The Media and Iranian Protests

  1. Kasey Zeitz says:

    Good info as per usual, ty. I certainly hope this sort of thing gets more attention.

  2. Interesting info as per usual, thanks. I certainly hope this kind of thing gets more attention.

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