August 8, 2008

Iran Daily Stress Launch of “Joint Islamic Media”

Text of editorial entitled "The establishment of Islamic nation's media system" by conservative Iranian daily Hemayat, published by the Prisons' Organization, on 7 August

The twenty first century has been named the age of information blast. It creates wealth and power, and changes the nature of politicians.

Political systems in this age cannot dominate any more only by relying on material and military power, geopolitical position or their population. It is a new epoch in now-day world. The development that man has made in communicating with each other in most part of this earth has resulted in news on an event which is news worthy reaching the public opinion promptly and easily. Everyone now recognizes the importance of opinion and the power of news. That is why the media, as the publisher and broadcaster of news, are so powerful that they can be used as the most important means. By casting a glance at the industrial countries' media systems it can be seen that in order to maintain their power in political and financial spheres, the leaders of these countries put the most financial credits at the disposal of their own controlled media so that these media - as the virtual army - could influence national opinion or target states by their politics and strategies.

Considering this introduction, we can say that since the victory of Islamic Revolution in Iran, one of the most important goals of the hegemonic front's media system was to portray Iranian political system as incapable and to undermine the image of Iranians among various nations. They have fervently followed this policy so far. Today, leading Western news agencies, such as United Press, Associated Press, France Press, Reuters and...[ellipses as published] are broadcasting about forty-million-word news daily and ninety per cents of the news published in foreign press and other mass media's international news are relying on these sources. Most of the media use these news sources which can easily influence the world public opinion.

One of the Western writers believes that Western media are not concerned about the tragic and grievous news of the Third World and present doctored image of this world. Their approach to the Third World is discriminative and aims at supplying the West's news market.

Therefore, the media hegemony of world powers has been successful to create challenges for the national security of other countries, especially target states such as Islamic Iran's political system, that obviously have nothing common with the policy of hegemonic front.

It is also noteworthy that a huge part of hegemonic media's activities aims at creating challenges for Islam and Islamic system. Therefore considering their religious creed and wide cultural commonalties, it is important for the leaders and authorities of the Islamic countries, to establish joint Islamic information dissemination centre to stand against media onslaught. By understanding and assessing the opposite front's tactics of psychological and information war, this centre could launch effective media counterattacks. The establishment of an Islamic news agency, which should have offices in all Islamic states, can gather all Islamic media's news power and with united management can respond effectively to hegemonic countries' broadcasting agencies.

Therefore, we recommend the Iranian government, to use the huge popularity of the Supreme Leader [Seyyed Ali Khamene'i] and the president [Mahmud Ahmadinezhad] among the Islamic nations, to invite all medial officials from all Islamic countries to hold conferences and put their minds together to materialize this suggestion. They should also establish a working group and a joint a secretariat to respond the dissemination of false reports by hegemonic systems. As long as the Islamic nation broadcasting systems are scattered, they can never stand firm against the strong attacks by world leading media services on Islam and Muslims. The continuation of this situation could cause serious crises and challenges for the security of Islamic countries.

Originally published by Hemayat, Tehran, in Persian 7 Aug 08, page 1.

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