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Iranian State Press: 'Journalism Is Dead and Buried in West'

1:02 PM, Jan 28, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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On its website, the Iranian propaganda outlet Press TV has an article titled, "Journalism is dead and buried in West." The propaganda reads:

Over the past six weeks, we have had hundreds of new bloggers and “media pundits,” most anonymous, none with qualification, none with verifiable bios, almost all with childishly obvious agendas that carry clear signs of “handlers.” None, however, have attributable sources, real access to inside information.

“They” have one purpose, to gut the impact and credibility of real independent journalism and to “water down” real work, flooding every “in box” with smears, rumors and utter insanity.

Journalism is dead, not wounded, not damaged; its corpse has long rotted away. The process began when the “pop culture media” began relying on press releases and fat paychecks rather than investigative journalism.

Mythology, dogma and propaganda, the endless unsubstantiated blither from government liars became “certified” as fact, the only truth, the only “conspiracy theories” that were not “wild or dangerous.”

Meanwhile, as the Guardian reports, Iran is currently rounding up and arresting journalists:

Security officials in Iran have raided at least four newspapers and arrested several journalists in what appears to be concerted action aimed at intimidating the media in advance of the presidential elections in June.

Sources in Tehran said reformist newspapers Etemaad, Shargh, Bahar and Arman were targeted by a group of plain-clothes officials who ransacked offices, filmed staff, confiscated documents and held several journalists.

When the Guardian phoned journalists at Etemaad and Bahar in the evening, officials were still present in the offices and editors of the two newspapers could not be reached. Etemaad's editor-in-chief, Javad Daliri, was reported to be among at least 10 journalists who have been arrested.

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