Friday, December 24, 2004
Imagine this scenario. You're a journalist. A man phones you on your cellular phone and informs you that he needs you to bring your camera and go to a certain house. The man tells you that he wants to murder a lady there and he wants "his story told".
You pick up your camera and head to this house. You enter it and find the man waiting for you. You start filming or shooting as the man plants a bullet into the poor lady's head. You then switch off your camera and return to your office with "the man's story".
Now, Jack Stokes, director of media relations at the Associated Press, is trying to convince us that AP's hired photographers do not act in the same way as the jounalist in my story above. He and his bosses at AP are trying to tell us that they employ Iraqi photographers who "do not have to swear allegiance or otherwise join up philosophically with them (insurgents "emphasis added by GM") just to take their pictures." They are trying to tell us that their "invisible" photographer knew nothing about the execution of the 2 Iraqi heroes and that he/she was informed that he/she will just cover a "demonstration". Ummmmmm, something doesn't smell nice here. A demonstration in one of Iraq's most dangerous streets! Was the AP photographer expecting just "a demonstration" in Haifa street?? Go to any Iraqi and tell him the word "Haifa street", he will answer back with words such as "bombs, a famous Saddam loyalist street, clashes, etc".
A demonstration in Haifa street! How funny.
The Media War Against Iraq
We all know how millions of Iraqis feel towards the mouth of horror Al Jazeera channel. Iraq's popular satellite channel Al Fayhaa talks continuously about the war that the Arab media (i.e Al Jazeera) is waging against the new Iraq.
It seems that this war is also being waged by huge media outlets such as the Associated Press. AP has a lot of questions to answer regarding how one of its photojournalists stood in front of 30 armed insurgents and shot a sequence of photos showing the day light execution of 2 Iraqis who belong to another group of Iraq's heroes: election workers. How can a photographer, given the fact that anyone can get kidnapped in Iraq, stand in the middle of the street and shots a picture after another. Was he/she invisible?
In addition, AP has a lot of questions to answer regarding how it received a tape showing the execution of an Italian hostage and why it gave it to Al Jazeera and not to the Iraqi government or the Italian embassy. OK, we know Al Jazeera wants Iraq to sink deeper into the mud created by Baathist/Salafist/Wahabi terrorists and this is why the Qatar financed channel acts as a terror mouthpiece. Why would AP act in the same dirty way?
AP has a lot of questions to answer. When will they answer them? I don't know.