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Media Betrays Iran’s Neda Soltan With Focus On Israel’s ‘Hyenas’

by | 14th, June 2010

THE Mavi Marmara has bene well documented. What went on aboard the ship bound for Gaza has been illustrated. The Tehran Times calls it “Murders on the Mediterranean“. Well, it would. You see, journalists in Iran aren’t all that free. Remember Neda Soltan?

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A search on the Tehran Times brings up one result or note:

Ahmadinejad asks Judiciary to solve Neda Agha-Soltan murder case
Tehran Times Political Desk

TEHRAN — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has asked Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi to thoroughly investigate the “suspicious” murder of Neda Agha-Soltan, who was shot dead in post-election unrest on June 20.

In a letter sent to the Judiciary chief on Monday, Ahmadinejad stated that foreign media outlets and the enemies of the country have used this tragic incident to tarnish the image of the Islamic Republic.

A pox on those foreign media looking at a woman murdered by her country’s secret police. Tsk! godo job not many hacks bother.

Backspin writes:

DAVID Burchell compares Big Media’s interest in the Gaza flotilla with its interest in Iran’s human rights record:

Fearless Western journalists, we are told, boarded the Gaza flotilla at hazard to their lives, the better to pen florid descriptions of the predations of the Israeli “hyenas”; sentences that could presumably have been written with equal vigour and no less accuracy from the comfort of their computer terminals.

How The Media Betrayed Neda Soltani

Yet presently there is not one solitary Western journalist, willing to risk the wrath of the Iranian security forces to file a report from Tehran in the open air. And so the job is left to the Iranians themselves: to the anxious young students whose wavering phone cameras record those fleeting snippets of history, floating like sea-wrack across the YouTube ocean in 15 or 20-second fragments.

Pictures Of Neda Soltan And Neda Soltani

Indeed, flotilla journalist/activists like Paul McGeough — author of the aforementioned hyena analogy — know that antagonizing Israel carries little risk. Even arrest, the worst case scenario, comes with due process and consular access.

Antagonizing Hamas or Iran is a heavier concern. The press corps was shockingly unmoved by the plight of UK journo Paul Martin, who was detained by Hamas for a month. The message: don’t ask dangerous questions. It’s just as well McGeough didn’t reach Gaza. He wouldn’t have had the guts to ask anything embarrassing.

Meanwhile, denunciations of Israel distract the world from Iran’s woeful human rights record. David Harris and Trudy Rubin weigh in on that.

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