Media outlets speaking on behalf of Iran or defending its policies emerged in a short period of time. Most Arab media outlets marketed and defended Tehran’s stances until the Arab Spring that erupted in 2011. That is when they realized that Iran is just another country with regional ambitions that hides behind slogans of Islam, justice and hostility against the West, and that it has exploited the Arab media to dominate its Arab rivals.
Most Arabs have been shocked by Tehran’s hideous actions in Syria. Admiration toward Iran, which spoke out in defense of Islam and Palestinian rights, turned into hatred and animosity. In response, Tehran established media outlets in different languages to compete with Arab counterparts.
Nowadays, it is rare to hear Arab media outlets repeat Tehran’s statements against Israel, as they have finally realized that it is misleading propaganda. The Arab media is now concerned about protecting Arab audiences from falling into the trap of Iranian political exploitation that dominated for 30 years.
Most of them have woken up, and now distinguish between truth and exploitation. This is what led Iran to open its own media institutions to alter Arab public opinion.Abdulrahman al-Rashed