Iran’s Press TV’s useful Western idiots


 

Dominic Lawson at The Times of London has a good piece about Press TV, Iran’s government-backed international English-language news network, and the Western reporters, or stooges, as he – I believe accurately – describes them, who work for it.

For those unfamiliar with Press TV, it’s essentially a propaganda arm of the Iranian foreign ministry. Reports rarely stray from the official government line. When it finally got around to reporting on the unrest following Iran’s rigged election, and the murder – almost certainly by Iranian security forces – of Neda Aqa Soltan, whose death, when captured on film, became a symbol of Iran’s reform movement, Press TV quoted Iranian police who described her killing as a premeditated stunt designed to make the Iranian government look bad. Another report suggested the CIA might have been responsible.

Press TV invited me to appear on a panel discussion about reporting in the Middle East a few days after in launched two summers ago. When the host, Shahab Mossovat, asked me what I felt was the biggest challenge faced by reporters in the region, I answered with what I think is the obvious response: the lack of freedom, particularly in places like Iran, where Canadian reporter Zahra Kazemi was imprisoned, raped, and murdered, and where Canadian reporter Maziar Bahari remains in custody after a televised confession was extracted from him. The host, to his credit, let me bang on for longer than I expected, before interrupting to describe my comments as “offensive” to Iran and predictably demanding: “What about Israel?”

I haven’t been invited back on Press TV and was not paid for my appearance. Other Canadians, however, are. Press TV’s current correspondent in Canada is Zahra Jamal, based in Vancouver. I can’t think of any reason why a real journalist would work for the mouthpiece of a regime that imprisons and murders her journalistic colleagues in Iran, but if Jamal has one, I’d invite her to post it below


 

Iran’s Press TV’s useful Western idiots

  1. "He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so "impressed my superiors" that, at 18, "I was given the 'honor' to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death."

    In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a "wedding" ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard – essentially raped by her "husband." Jerusalem Post, July 19, 2009

    Michael I read the above post the other day and was shocked by the depravity. When I read that passage I wondered how anybody could possibly support Iranian leadership in anyway. And these are the clowns that Obama is desperate to negotiate with.

    • is this true?

      • I don't know if it's true or not, Wayne. I meant to ask Michael if he had any idea if this was true but my blood pressure was rising when I thought about the story and forgot to ask. I don't know how/why McClelland is certain this is nonsense because there are a number of similar stories over the past decade about Iran/women/jails.

        Just one example, from Al Jadid magazine 2002:

        A woman's rape is frequently the last act that precedes her execution. This is explained by the rule in Iranian political prisons that the sentence of execution cannot be carried out if the woman is a virgin. Since there is a theological belief that if a woman dies a virgin she will go to heaven, the politically active virgin is forced to "marry" before her execution and thus to insure she will go to hell. She is forced to "marry" the hangman who will carry out her execution.

        • It is true, Robert, and well documented.

          • Highly unlikely. The recent reports stem from an accusation from a single anonymous informant in an article in the Jerusalem Post a few days ago and none of the other documented reports–which are relatively few–are from a credible source.

          • *Highly unlikely. The recent reports stem from an accusation from a single anonymous informant in an article in the Jerusalem Post a few days ago and none of the other documented reports–which are relatively few–are from a credible source.*

            Of course, for McClelland, `source lacking credibility = Jew'

          • It's bizarre for a journalist to assert this without providing evidence of such, don't you think?

          • How are they supposed to provide evidence? The Jerusalem Post interviewed one the men who was part of this heinous act and the women who are raped have been executed. Who exactly do you consider a credible source?

      • No. Jolyon, aka jwl, will believe any nonsense that comes down the pipe.

        • you should increase your undrestanding of islam, this is the law, do some research body

  2. I can't think of any reason why a real journalist would work for the mouthpiece of a regime that imprisons and murders her journalistic colleagues in Iran, but if Jamal has one, I'd invite her to post it below

    I'd guess it's because the Canadian media has shut out Muslims who refuse to become an uncle Tarek.

    • What a stupid reason, even if it is true (which it's not). I feel dumber by reading it.

  3. Dr Hejazi that gave an interview to the BBC , who claimed to have tried rescuing "Neda" disappeared as soon as filming was over, and left Neda to her fate.

  4. Press TV is De-Pressed TV…don't watch it or you'll go mad like Ahmadinejad!