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Zaid Hamid : Media Manipulation

Zaid Hamid : Media Manipulation

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و رفعنا لك ذكرك
صلى الله عليه و اله وسلم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

An informative article. Hope our so called vibrant media understands the implications of what they project and the way they project.

و رفعنا لك ذكرك
صلى الله عليه و اله وسلم
السلام عليكم و رحمة الله و بركاته

An informative article. Hope our so called vibrant media understands the implications of what they project and the way they project.

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The Passive Voices
First of the 10 strategies for mediamanipulation, presented by Noam Chomsky,is the strategy of distraction. The primary element of social control is the strategy of distraction which is to divertpublic attention from important issues and changes determined by the political andeconomic elites, by the technique of flood or flooding continuous distractions andinsignificant information. Distraction strategy is also essential to prevent the publicinterest in the essential knowledge in the area of the science, economics,psychology, neurobiology and cybernetics. 
This strategy is in full play these days as international media, in cahoots with theirPakistani counterparts, is busy day and night in creating misperceptions about
Pakistan’s security establishment and its intelligence
arm. The media works hard toblame the security establishment for anything going wrong anywhere in the world. Take the case of missing persons of Balochistan where Pakistani intelligenceagencies are fighting an open war with CIA,Mossad and RAW and arming and aiding the insurgents in a blatant manner. The media is glorifying the atrocities of the insurgents and highlighting the issue of missing persons. In effect, a pro-Indiasection of the media is pressurizing the apex court to indict the securityestablishment for these missing persons. Although, a judicial panel headed byJustice Javed Iqbal has established that the missing persons are indeed missing butnot in the custody of security agencies. They are hiding in the safe havens of ahostile neighbor, yet the apex court is under tremendous pressure to order punitiveaction against the security agencies. Explaining media manipulations against ISI,an article titled as
 Misperceptions of  Internal Entities against IS
appeared in an online journal. According to this well-researched piece, Indo-Israeli lobbies which are well-penetrated in US-ledEuropean NGOs,human rights organizations and media started a deliberate campaign against Pak Army and ISI, implicating for extrajudicial killings andforced abductions. While, fact of the matter is that majority of the missing personshave been killed in subversive acts like bomb blasts, target killings, ethnic andsectarian violence in various places of Pakistan, arranged by American CIA, IndianRAW and Israeli Mossad and their affiliated militants groups. In case of Balochistan, everyone knows that Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) and another group, Jundollah 
(God’s soldiers) which have been fighting for secession of the
province gets logistic support from CIA and RAW. Their militants kidnapped andkilled many innocent people and the security personnel in the province, whileclaiming responsibility in this respect. And since 2001, a majority of Pakistanisalso left for Afghanistan for Jehad purposes, without informing their families,while many people joined the Jahadi groups. 
According to the article, some journalists have penetrated in Pakistan’s media in
such a way that it is much difficult for the general masses to understand their realintentions as they are completing the secret agenda of anti-Pakistan elements by
maligning country’s superior agency. In this regard, Pakistani TV anchors and
senior journalists like Hamid Mir and Najam Sethi who also implicate ISI are
serving the interests of US and India clandestinely by sabotaging the nationalinterests of Pakistan. The most favorite target of these elements was former head of ISI who took manysteps to improve the efficiency of the agency. At that time, intermittently, the US  high officials and media have been
accusing Pakistan’s army and superior spy
agency of close contacts with the Afghan Taliban and cross-border terrorism in Afghanistan. Under the pretext of these false allegations, US top officials startedinsisting upon Islamabad that ISI should be restructured. There were some concreteefforts undertaken in compliance with American desires like transferring control of ISI, tabling of a draft law for taming the ISI and launch of a ruthless media campaign. The US and its allies were against the said ISI chief because of his services such ascapture of renowned Taliban commanders and blockage of the activities of Blackwater including CIA agents. Americans were annoyed because ISIinterrupted covert activities of the so-called diplomats. In this respect, on theinformation of this
top spy agency, Pakistan’s establishment expelled several
American spies operating in the country. Taking note of ISI positive role indefending the national interests of Pakistan, American high officials, US-led Indiaand Israel including Indo-Israeli lobbies and foreign media revived propagandaagainst this agency and its head, raising false allegations. But in Pakistan, anti-Pakistan politicians and media men were rubbishing theservices of the intelligence agencies without having any clue to the working of these institutions, and without having a full grasp of the American game plan. The
way Pakistan’s opportunist politicians and partisan media anchors were attacking
ISI made them darling of the anti-Pakistan elements and they were duly rewardedin the form of enhanced international projection and awards disproportionate totheir contributions and status. Can media anchors and politicians in the US, India and Israel dare to slate theservices of CIA, RAW and Mossad the way Pakistanis have liberty to do? The campaign against the security establishment was launched in a very powerfuland professional manner suggesting that external input was handy for the internalplayers. If you go by the book ,some of the main tactics used by the mainstream media to mislead the masses include: 

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