Sunday, April 24, 2011
Editorial: The press covers up Iraqi protests
That screen snap above? It's of a Mosul protest. And there's a notable there.
Let's circle him to make sure we're all on the same page.
That's Atheel al-Nujaifi. He is the brother of Osama al-Nujaifi who is the Speaker of Parliament in Iraq. That would be called news worthy in and of itself.
Guess what else?
Atheel al-Nujaifi, pictured above, is also governor fo the province. And he broke through the military barricade, with people piling in behind him, to join the protesters in Ahrar Square. "The notorious Nasser Al Ghannam could not put a stop to the Free of Mosul -- after imposing a curfew last night starting at 1.00 a.m. this morning he proceeded with his troops to cut off all bridges and roads as well as arrest people who were marching to the Square of the Free -- HOWEVER, Atheel Al Nujaifi joined a huge demonstrations to the Square of the Free and broke the blockade. Well done Atheel Al Nujaifi! I wonder whether he has started seeing the light!"
Rizan Ahmed (AK News) reports, "Director of Information department of Nineveh province said Thursday that a force of the Iraqi army clashed with the protection forces of the governor of Nineveh Athiel al-Nujaifi after the prevention of a demonstration led by the latter to Ahrar Square to join the protest organized by groups from Mosul since 12 days demanding of the departure of 'occupation' and the implementation of government promises and the release of detainees."
It wasn't considered news by western outlets. What is news?
We'd argue the governor of the province having to go up against the Iraqi military to join protests is news. We'd argue that hundreds following in his wake is news. Today was day 16 of continual protests in Mosul. But that's not grabbing western outlets attention either.
The only thing that does, apparently, is what Iranian-based Moqtada al-Sadr orders his followers to do -- an increasingly small number of people judging by the turnout Saturday in which approximately .03% of his followers in Baghdad managed to turn out for a Baghdad protest.
Moqtada al-Sadr is a thug who was glorified by western media. The same western media that sold the illegal war. And now they ignore all protests in Iraq . . except for the ones Moqtada stages.
Are you being informed? Or are you being conned yet again? What exactly is the press attempting to sell you because when a sitting governor joins a protest that is news but to the press the only protest news is when the Iranian-based Moqtada orders his followers to turn out -- and a small number of them do.
As we note elsewhere, for the news of protests that the media just doesn't want you to hear of, visit The Great Iraqi Revolution.