Nasrallah’s skewed lecture to the media

During his recent speech, Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah spent more than half of his time lecturing about media.

Isn't this a paradox on its own? He is the head of a totalitarian party based on political, security, religious and media hierarchies. Violating them is not allowed.

Yet, here Nasrallah is talking about freedom and democracy in the media.

But of course, Nasrallah made accusations against the oppositional media - that is the "non-resistance" media. According his analysis, Nasrallah came up with the conclusion that the success of the resistance media is that it is simply honest and loyal over defending the nation and its sanctities. And so, Nasrallah diagnosed the situation by concluding that the media's major problem is lying and lacking credibility.

Those who watched Nasrallah's speech will not run out of examples to point out his contradictions or to show the inciting roles that the "resistance" media play. They will also not fail to notice that the "resistance" media's major task is brushing off critical thinking and drowning the party's audience in political, religious and doctrine propaganda.

It is true that when it comes to this kind of leaders and politicians, such a media is part of the message carried out by this dogmatic party. Modern media however are based on being void of any political or religious messages. During the era of citizen journalism, Nasrallah is unaware, or perhaps he intentionally ignores, that it is no longer possible to talk about a committed "medium." What does the word "committed mean anyway!? And committed to what!? Once a medium commits to a message, it has thus done so at the expanse of its journalistic task which is the truth.

Does Nasrallah fact-check?

Nasrallah said the number of those killed by the Israeli attacks on Syria was four or five. Its media said that the Israeli attacks targeted poultry farms. Do you think he allowed his media to double check the number of those killed and check how many chickens died in the attack?

Is this the content that Nasrallah wants us to adopt in the media? Preventing the media from authenticating a simple number and facts similar to those mentioned simply means that the media are no longer media! Doesn't Hezbollah's audience have the right to know the number of Hezbollah fighters killed in Syria? The most important question is why are they being killed? And why are they participating in the crimes committed by the Syrian regime murderers?

Why don't the resistance's media narrate the stories of the Hezbollah youths who fell in Syria? Have Hezbollah's media ever done that? Has Hezbollah even allowed any media outlet to narrate a single story of those who were taken to their deaths under fake slogans?!

According to Nasrallah, the frank medium is that which accepts that its young men be unquestionably killed in military fronts stained with the blood of innocents.

Truth is, ever since Hezbollah's establishment, no one contributed to squandering the falsities linked to the party's image as much as Nasrallah and the resistance’s media.

This article was first published in Asharq al-Awsat on May 13, 2013.

Diana Moukalled is the Web Editor at the Lebanon-based Future Television and was the Production & Programming Manager with at the channel. Previously, she worked there as Editor in Chief, Producer and Presenter of “Bilayan al Mujaradah,” a documentary that covers hot zones in the Arab world and elsewhere, News and war correspondent and Local news correspondent. She currently writes a regular column in AlSharq AlAwsat. She also wrote for Al-Hayat Newspaper and Al-Wasat Magazine, besides producing news bulletins and documentaries for Reuters TV. She can be found on Twitter: @dianamoukalled.

Last Update: Monday, 13 May 2013 KSA 13:43 - GMT 10:43
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