Why the media refuses to run local extremist’s attacks: Trump factor again.

Jamal Daoud

Jamal Daoud

I am once again appalled that no single media outlet is interested in running a story on the latest death threats I received during the campaign to liberate Aleppo from terrorists in December 2016.

Usually the disappointment in these cases would come from our authorities for their inaction in dealing with the countless death threats, the many verbal and physical assaults I received during the last 5 years since the start of the Syrian “revolution”.

Surprisingly on this occasion, authorities acted swiftly by arresting and charging the extremist who threatened me. This person will soon face trial. In an era of uncertainty and security high alert, I had expected at least some interest in this story. This recent incident would have been a good way to denounce the many faces of extremism in our society. I was wrong again.

The refusal by these journalists to run my story is very strange since the very same journalists are contacting me several times a week seeking information on other stories with similar relevance. I can only speculate that such refusal to run my story is due to my support of Trump’s crack down on terrorist/extremists.

The contrast between our media and our authorities in taking actions to crack down on extremists supports this theory. Our media wants our government to declare Trump an enemy and take an active role in discrediting him.Our media will not write anything that will strengthen Trump’s side of the story and has for the first time praised Iran and its leadership.

This is quite ironic since not so long ago (when Obama was still the president) the same media was telling us about the evils of Iran. Even past terror attacks by Muslim extremist have suddenly become “not terrorist attacks” after Trump mentioned them as such.

In the past, death threats and attacks were ignored both by media and our authorities. Now our authorities are taking action while the media still remains silent. I fully support the American presidential election. I also support their democratically elected president to make deals with Russia and Syria to end extremism and terrorism. I am fully aware that this is not supported by our media.

Our media is running story after story on how Muslims in the US are attacked and discriminated against due to Trump’s latest executive orders. In the meantime, here back home, the same media won’t run a story about a local Muslim who has been attacked by extremist. The media will not end this savage campaign against the US president as long as he is intent to talk with Russia and Syria to end terrorism.

This would disrupt and put an end to the neo-cons project of a new Middle East based on supporting terrorism in countries with “unfriendly regimes”.

My family and I are very happy with the actions our authorities took against extremists. I am happy the authorities are ahead of our media in fighting against local extremism. I’m very optimistic that our biased media will fail and people will see through their continual deception on what is happening around the world.

They cannot portray what is happening in Syria as a “revolution” to spread democracy, but at the same time electing Trump was undemocratic. Or electing President Putin and President Assad were action of tyranny and dictatorship.

Media, owned by a few, cannot claim to represent or act on behalf of the masses.

*Jamal Daoud is the Palestinian-born Australian civil activist and media commentator having long experience of fighting for justice in the Australian society. Willing to breach a wall of tendentiousness in the Australian mainstream media about the conflict in Syria, the organization “Social Justice Network” founded by him started group trips to Syria for journalists and civil activists and called it “International Tours of Peace to Syria”. In the last two years dozen of Australians and citizens of other countries officially visited Syria, met with local politicians, activists, volunteers, refugees and soldiers and saw real situation in the war torn country. They were able to meet with the president Bashar Al-Assad and ask questions personally. For the last few years Jamal has received a number of threats from extremists from and outside Australia and has been questioned by federal authorities. Despite all threats and challenges Jamal and his team keep working.

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