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Souleimaniye (Irak) : blackout des médias (proches de l'UPK) sur le mouvement de protestation de Mahabad (Iran)

Sulaimani Media Boycotts Coverage of Mahabad Protests
Number of Kurdish media outlets reported protests as “social issue”

Basnews  |  Hemin Salih
19.05.2015  16:06


In the wake of public protests by Iranian Kurds angry at the death of the Kurdish woman Farinaz Khusrawani in Mahabad, West Azerbaijan Province, opposing points of view have been published by Kurdish and international media outlets.

Considering their political connections to Iranian authorities or Kurdish political parties close to Iran, some Sulaymaniyah-based media outlets in the Kurdistan Region have reacted quietly to the event.

Some have failed to report the incident; others have dismissed it as a regular social issue and homicide. Iranian Kurdish opposition parties, however, described the protests as a revolution of the Kurdish people in Iran, and refer to the media outlets as betraying their national cause.

Activists in the Kurdistan Region claim that those publications close to or belonging to the ruling party of Sulaymaniyah Province, the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PUK), have marginalised the demonstrations for the sake of maintaining their own political interests with Iran.

Iraqi Kurdish political activist Hama Rashid told BasNews, “Due to political subdivision and the close relationship of some Kurdish parties with other countries, we’re being deceived and directed by the hostile foreign policy of neighbouring countries.

“Undoubtedly, if this horrific occurrence was in a developed country many ministers and high ranking officials would have to resign, but in Iran the government seeks to deceive the public and international community, and some Kurdish press have been reporting their version of events without question.”

Rashid continued, “By closing their eyes to Iranian violations of human rights, some Kurdish outlets are simply forcing a foreign agenda on Kurdish society.”

BasNews understands some Iranian Kurds have expressed their concerns to Iraqi President Fuad Masum, himself a Kurd. However, Kurdish matters were not on his agenda during last week’s visit to Tehran.

The demonstrations following Khusrawani’s death in Mahabad have drawn international attention. CNN compared her suicide to that death of the Tunisian man who triggered the Arab Spring in 2011, saying “Khusrawani became the Mohammad Buhazizi of Iran”.

Al-Arabiya Television reported, “Mahabad is the symbol of Kurds”. The London-based pan-Arabian newspaper Sharq al-Awsat described the demonstration as “A Kurdish Revolution in Iran”.

Mohammad Salih, an official from the Democratic Party of Kurdistan-Iran (PDKI) told BasNews, “We question the morality and national loyalty of the Kurdish media that has negatively reported the public protests of Kurdish people against the long history of Iranian oppression.”

Salih continued, “It’s as disgraceful as it can be for some Kurdish media to boycott or negatively report the desire of their own people for justice.”

Sulaiman Khusrawani, brother of Farinaz, rejected media reports that his sister had an affair with the suspect. “Some Kurdish press have slandered the name of my family, we have never said our sister had an affair with anyone. We call on the media to stop hurting our feelings and consider our mourning.”

Farinaz Khusrawani on May 7th jumped to her death from a window at the hotel where she worked. It is claimed she was escaping an Iranian intelligent officer attempting to rape her.

There are rumours that the hotel owner had intentionally placed Khusrawani in the room to be raped by the well-connected government worker. In return, he was to obtain a five star rating for the hotel through his connections. BasNews is unable to confirm the rumours at this time.

The protesters are demanding the arrest of the two men and seeking justice for Farinaz.
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