Kurdistan Has Turned into Battleground of Bad News!
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.