Thursday, June 22, 2006

Associated Press or Amateur Press

I didn't get time to write about this Associated Press report of crackdown on Iranian women protesters:
By NASSER KARIMI, Associated Press Writer

but its just another example of amateur, biased and inaccurate reporting of the Iranian pro-democracy movement by the Western media. The AP report says the protest was organised by "group calling itself the Labor and Communist Party". To me its so obvious that this is a made up name delivered by Islamic Republic's misinformation units. What "Labor and Communist Party"? Has anyone ever heard of such an organisation? In all the reports on Iranian websites and weblogs, did any one come across this? The main people who were arrested, the likes of Iranian journalist, Zhila Bani-Yaghoub, or activists like Shahla Entesari or Mossavi-Khoeini - whose whereabouts since the arrest is still unknown - or the Iranian poetess, Simin Behbahani, who was beaten up, do they belong to this "Labor and Communist Party"?

Its so obvious that the Islamic Republic mis-information organisations wanted to degrade the news, and the AP reporter has fallen for it, hook, line and sinker!

But the worst bit is the last paragraph, which actually raises my suspicions on the Iranian reporter used by AP, Nasser Karimi:
"Despite such restrictions, Iranian women have more rights than their counterparts in Saudi Arabia and some other conservative Muslim countries. They can drive, vote and run for office."

Isn't this last paragraph trying to belittle the Iranian women? So what if Iranian women can drive but the Saudi women can't?? Why should Iranian women who have struggled for their rights for more than a century be compared to Saudi women? The last paragraph sort of gives the impression that Iranian women should be grateful! And actually Iranian women can not run for every office!

To me this kind of reporting is so bizarre and I do not come across it any where else. Did you ever see a report on Greenham Common women which ended by saying,
"But British women protesters are more active in society than their Albanian counter-parts and could vote before Swiss women got the vote."???

What absolute bollocks the Western press is.


Phu said...

Spot on. I hate when a group is said to be 'comparatively' prosperous, successful, or even 'lucky' (the implication)

Aryamehr said...

Potkin-jaan I had noticed this as well! It's unbelievable and truly disgusting seeing all this appeasement on part of the western press! Why read IRNA when there is AP who do much better jobs twisting stories than the Islamic Republic's own media!!!