Kur­dis­tan Has Turned into Bat­tle­ground of Bad News!

The Kurdish Globe - - NEWS - By Gazi Has­san

I con­tinue to won­der about the au­then­tic­ity of Kur­dis­tan’s me­dia pro­fes­sion­als and whether they are truly com­mit­ted to the prin­ci­ples of democ­racy, free me­dia, and re­spect for one an­other’s opin­ions.

Some ap­pear to lack ex­pe­ri­ence on the mat­ters they ad­dress, while oth­ers pre­tend to be ex­perts in all fields while they miss key in­for­ma­tion. Hence their re­marks are su­per­fi­cial, naive, and of­ten de­ceit­ful. The only thing worth ap­plaud­ing is their provoca­tive re­marks.

The me­dia sys­tem in Kur­dis­tan is straight­for­ward. Those who claim to be the most in­de­pen­dent don’t have fi­nan­cial sources that are equally in­de­pen­dent. So you end up with Kur­dish me­dia be­ing con­trolled by political par­ties (in­clud­ing the Is­lamists, mod­er­ates, and ex­trem­ists) broad­cast­ing what­ever in­for­ma­tion they like un­der the pre­text of pro­fes­sion­al­ism and free­dom of press. They’ve turned news into a slave for their tem­per, bias, and even the per­sonal in­ter­ests of jour­nal­ists. All of this is aimed at con­trol­ling the minds and emo­tions of the peo­ple. It’s true that in the In­ter­net era, pro­vid­ing peo­ple with false in­for­ma­tion is harder, yet that doesn’t make psy­cho­log­i­cal bur­den­ing of the peo- ple right.

If you truly want free­dom from psy­cho­log­i­cal pres­sure, just shut down the TV screen and live in tran­quil­ity. On the screen Kur­dis­tan is “wreck­istan” where only bad news, bad events, and bad speech are re­ported.

When I see Pesh­merge de­fend­ing their coun­try with­out re­ceiv­ing salaries then I know that Kur­dis­tan will make it. When I watch Asaysh forces pro­tect­ing the streets, I know that Kur­dis­tan will re­main and won’t fall. When I hear peo­ple mov­ing through the mar­ket on the streets, I know that we’re still alive—think­ing about life, in­vest­ment and sup­ply­ing the needs of life. Yet af­ter see­ing ten­sions and bad news on the TV screen, all I feel is pes­simistic about the fi­nan­cial so­lu­tion. While there is truth to this, con­tin­ual com­plain­ing and bad news shar­ing isn’t go­ing to solve the prob­lem. To fix this, we have to help our­selves in­stead of spread­ing bad news and con­tribut­ing to a worse over­all psy­cho­log­i­cal con­di­tion for the pop­u­lous. It’s the duty of the me­dia to res­cue the politi­cians, political par­ties and peo­ple from the cri­sis, not the op­po­site. Peo­ple need good news; don't en­slave them with bad news.

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