Kuwaiti Journalist: Arab Media Helped ISIS to Spread Its Poison
Ahmad Sami, Kuwait TV’s Tehran Bureau chief, said Arab media outlets helped the terrorist group of ISIS (Daesh) to spread its poison and sinister cause in the early days by becoming unwitting command and control networks for the terrorist group.
The Kuwaiti journalist, who was speaking Tuesday to reporters in Tehran on the sidelines of the 22nd International Press Exhibition, went on to state that Western media unwittingly helped in the same way. “They did broadcast ISIS slaughters, believing that it was very much in their interests to keep their social media networks active so as to find out when the next bomb goes off in a Western capital.”
He explained that for ISIS it is not just about organising terrorist attacks. “Winning the propaganda battle is vital as well – and thanks to Arab and Western media, ISIS proved adept at using its mastery of the internet and social media to spread lies about its success, advertise its invincibility and sinister purpose, and employ barbaric methods to strike fear into the hearts of its audience.”
According to Sami, Arab media networks only stopped showing ISIS slaughters and propaganda videos when Iran began helping Iraq and Syria to successfully fight the terrorist group. “The Iranian government proved that ISIS is a bogus caliphate and a terrorist entity hellbent on sowing discord and spreading sectarian violence in the heartlands of the Muslim world.”
The Kuwaiti journalist regretted that for some time ISIS proved adept at making sure its cheap, home-made videos reached the widest possible audience. He said one successful tactic was to hijack popular Twitter hashtags, such as those relating to its conquests. “It enabled its hateful message to reach a far wider audience in the Arab world.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, Sami said former ISIS recruits arrested by intelligence and security agencies in Kuwait acknowledge that had it not been for the widespread coverage of ISIS atrocities in Arab media, they would have never joined the terrorist group in the first place.
In conclusion, the Kuwait TV’s Tehran Bureau chief maintained that ISIS has been in rapid decline since it has lost most of its territory in Iraq and Syria, and more importantly, many in the Arab world, especially the youth, no longer support its sinister cause.
Kuwait Television began broadcasting in 1961 from the eastern district of Kuwait City. It was only the second TV station on the Arabian peninsula (after Iraq TV), initially broadcasting in black and white for four hours a day. The country now has over 50 TV channels and over 100 newspapers and magazines.