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Western 'Freedom of the Press' in War Coverage Is Puzzling
« on: April 06, 2003, 11:47:43 AM »
This is for those "Pro-Coalition" members who believe everything they see and hear from the Western Propaganda Machine known as the Media.



Western 'Freedom of the Press' in War Coverage Is Puzzling.


Since the outbreak of the Iraqi War, the world's major media have plunged themselves one after another into a news battle. However, if you read their news reports on the war carefully, you will find the puzzling practices of some Western countries and their media, which always flaunt "freedom of the press" and advertise themselves as being "true, objective and just" in their covering of the war.
 
Since the outbreak of the Iraqi War, the world's major media have plunged themselves one after another into a news battle. However, if you read their news reports on the war carefully, you will find the puzzling practices of some Western countries and their media, which always flaunt "freedom of the press" and advertise themselves as being "true, objective and just" in their covering of the war.

Let's first say something about the "freedom of the press". According to a dispatch from Doha by a Chinese reporter, journalists who conduct interviews with the US Central Command in Qatar must abide by the "Three Don'ts" regulation. That is, don't ask about the casualties of the coalition forces; don't raise questions concerning current military actions; and don't ask questions relating to future military plans. In fact, what US troops forbid is exactly what the general public is concerned about and wants to know. Another news item from New York says that the Arab-language, Qatar headquartered Al-Jazeera TV paid the price for its reports which enraged the US government-two reporters stationed in the United States were expelled from the New York stock exchange, their news covering licenses were revoked. It can thus be seen that the "freedom of the press" consistently paraded by the West is attached with a string of conditions.

Then, let's come to the truthfulness of news. Truthfulness is the life of the press. But viewed from recent Western reports, some news items even give people the sense that "rumors are spreading everywhere". For example, shortly before the Iraq War started, British media suddenly reported that Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tareq Aziz had "defected" to the northern Kurd area, but soon afterwards Aziz himself held a news briefing in Baghdad. That false report, therefore, collapsed of itself. On the very day of the outbreak of the war, Western media said Saddam and his two sons had been killed in the first round of bombings, but very soon they corrected the report by saying that the one who was killed was vice president Ramadan. But these reports proved to be false news when both Saddam and Ramadan appeared on TV. On March 21, AP said that the 8,000 soldiers of Iraqi Division 51 had "surrendered" to the coalition forces, but the Iraqi Ministry of Information rebutted the next day that the said Division was still fighting fiercely with the US troops and the division commander specially showed up on Al-Jazeera TV.

With regard to "objective, just and balanced" news reports, the practices of some Western media in covering the war are really not commendable. Numerous TV pictures are about the advance of the allied forces while very few pictures show crying Iraqi women and children. On the question of war prisoners, the West accused Iraqi TV Station of violating the provisions of the " Geneva Convention" concerning the treatment of war prisoners as the said station broadcast pictures showing war prisoners of US troops. But it forgot that it was the Western TV station that was the first to repeatedly broadcast clear pictures showing the coalition troops making a body search of Iraqi prisoners of war.

Agencia EFE S.A.'s report dispatched from Washington on March 27 said that US TVs made careful selections of content for reports on the Iraq War, as a result, the war situation seen in the United States is quite different from that viewed from other places of the world.

A report carried in the British Guardian on March 27, while touching upon the West's reports on the war, pointed out that democracy is being threatened in the United States, and those people against war on Iraq are never permitted to air their views. The newspaper said in another article that because the US, British and other Western TV stations are not just and fair in their reports, the number of European subscribers to Al-Jazeera doubled in the first few days after the start of the war.

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Re:Western 'Freedom of the Press' in War Coverage Is Puzzling
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2003, 12:03:29 PM »
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2003, 12:34:49 PM »
yea the media is garbage around this war. Bush even said that he is outraged at the media...The war is not a football game.
 

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Re:Western 'Freedom of the Press' in War Coverage Is Puzzling
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2003, 12:38:56 PM »
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According to a dispatch from Doha by a Chinese reporter, journalists who conduct interviews with the US Central Command in Qatar must abide by the "Three Don'ts" regulation. That is, don't ask about the casualties of the coalition forces; don't raise questions concerning current military actions; and don't ask questions relating to future military plans.

Gee, what a suprise that the US military doesn't want to broadcast to our enemies our military operations. Dear God Damon X, you just keep getting dumber and dumber with your posts.


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On the question of war prisoners, the West accused Iraqi TV Station of violating the provisions of the " Geneva Convention" concerning the treatment of war prisoners as the said station broadcast pictures showing war prisoners of US troops. But it forgot that it was the Western TV station that was the first to repeatedly broadcast clear pictures showing the coalition troops making a body search of Iraqi prisoners of war.


There is a little bit of a difference, dummy. Westen media merely showed Iraqi soldiers out in the field being arrested during the war. There is nothing unethical about that. However, what the Iraqis did was completely different. They took our POW's into custody, set up a tv camera and had an interviewer question and interrogate them live on TV for propagnda purposes. That specifically violates the Geneva convention.




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On the very day of the outbreak of the war, Western media said Saddam and his two sons had been killed in the first round of bombings, but very soon they corrected the report by saying that the one who was killed was vice president Ramadan. But these reports proved to be false news when both Saddam and Ramadan appeared on TV. On March 21, AP said that the 8,000 soldiers of Iraqi Division 51 had "surrendered" to the coalition forces, but the Iraqi Ministry of Information rebutted the next day that the said Division was still fighting fiercely with the US troops and the division commander specially showed up on Al-Jazeera TV.


That is a lie. The western media never reported for sure that Saddam and his sons were killed. They raised the possibility but they never said that for certain. What you are doing is reaching for anything to disparage the west. Why don't you complain about the real biased journalism in this war: the Arab media.