Following is a summary of speeches delivered by Mr. Hassan Abedini, Managing Director of Foreign News Department of IRIB and Mr. Mahdi Fazaeli, General Manager of Soroosh Publication Institution in Cultural, Art and Communication Research Center about the captioned topic on June 14, 2011.
News outlets in general provide the politicians with an opportunity to reconsider their previously expressed views about a particular question and at the same time they are capable of magnify an issue or to present it as a trivial or even a forgotten issue all together. New media try to depict themselves as neutral but the fact is that they are not really impartial.
There is common approach by the western media and the state owned media in Islamic countries towards Islamic Enlightenment and only those media which are aligned with Islamic Republic of Iran are exception. To be more explicit, the state owned media in Islamic countries like the media in western world pay little attention to question of freedom. There has not been any book published yet about the Islamic Enlightenment.
So far two major media gathering have been held about this topic:
1- The Arab media gathering in Dubai at the end of June titled "Leaving behind the Storm of Change". This gathering was attended by Egyptian Foreign Minister.
2- The Media gathering in Beirut some one month ago which was devoted to coverage of Islamic Enlightenment by the Arab TV channels and the media aligned with the Islamic Republic of Iran attend by official from nearly 70 networks.
One of the topics discussed in Beirut gathering was that whether launching and management of revolutions in Middle Eastern and North African countries is being manipulated by The USA and UK or this development is unexpected for them as well. By tracing back the media coverage of the events it becomes clear that the United States of America has not been involved in these developments and west is evidently confused about what is happening in these two regions.
Media coverage of the events show that for the US Administration it was very difficult to distance itself from Mubarak regime and reports filed by Reuters news agency and statements quoted from some western officials confirm such support by Americans for Mubarak.
Both western media and the region tried to amplify the role played by social networks such as Face Book and Twitter but with respect to the limited number of Internet users in Egypt and sever poverty in this country it could not be said that social networks are responsible for management of the developments in Egypt.
On the other hand it has been suggested that the Egyptians protesting against poverty set up the revolution by using internet but poor people and especially the most deprived among them who live in cemeteries have no access to internet to stir up a revolution.
The western media and the state owned media in Arab world are trying to cover up the religious roots of the Islamic Enlightenment. Right from the beginning the western media tried to find successors for Mubarak which prominent among them was ElBaradei. There was also a serious campaign to marginalize the Islamists and Ekhvan Almuslemin in particular. Ekhvan themselves did want to gain prominence at that time. Then this question was brought up that in case Islamists take the power in Egypt it would be better if an Islamic system of government like Turkey to raise to power in Cairo which will be less threatening to west than Islamic Republic of Iran.
The Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions have two important features in common. First the nature of the developments and second the pace of the events. Downfall of a 32 years old regime in 20 days or a 30 year old regime in 17-18 days is of significant importance.
Another important characteristic of events in Egypt and Tunisia is that political groups did not play any prominent role in the early stages and came to the scene later.
A notable difference between the so called Colored Revolution in Caucasus region and the revolutions in Arab world is that the former were based on the western pattern and values and those who won and took the power were western oriented politicians. But in Egypt and Tunisia this was not the case and instead of western slogans, Islamic slogans and "God is Great" were echoed from the minarets of mosques and in one case picture of one Iranian personality was seen the cell phone of a young Egyptian.
The common characteristics of Egyptian and Tunisian Revolutions were their anti dictatorial, independence from the west and popular nature.
Meanwhile the global news outlets such as BBC and CNN are not as effective as 10 years ago. During the uprising in Egypt the Al Jazeera network provided extensive coverage of the events taking place in Egypt but western media did not provide such cover and even tried to magnify other events such as hospitalization of Nelson Mandela and earthquake in New Zealand and Tsunami in Japan in order to distract attention from what was taking place in Cairo's Tahrir Square.