Roshan Salih’s book about journalism, almost a memoir, makes fascinating reading as he provides insights into the workings of Western as well as Muslim media outlets. He has worked for both.
Turkey’s wannabe Pasha (Sultan) Recep Tayip Erdogan has gone after the country’s independent media for its temerity in exposing his misdeeds. For all practical purposes, Turkey is now a dictatorship.
The one area Muslims are really far behind is the media front. There is urgent need for effective independent Muslim media.
There is not going to be any let-up in the West's anti-Iran propaganda despite the July 14 nuclear agreement. The vicious propaganda has simply assumed a more subtle form but the underlying objective is to undermine the Islamic Republic because it has established a successful Islamic model that is a challenge to the Western-imposed world order.
To bring clarity to the issue of media imperialism, Crescent International conducted an interview with a veteran Muslim journalist Roshan Muhammed Salih.1
Allah says in a manner consoling the Prophet (and) with a tone of advice وَلَقَدْ نَعْلَمُ أَنَّكَ يَضِيقُ صَدْرُكَ بِمَا يَقُولُونَ We know that your chest feels constricted due to what they say (or) you feel tight in your chest because of what they are saying. (Surah Al Hijr verse 97) We know these are Allah’s words and the reference is to Allah. Allah’s speaking to the Prophet. The antidote to this is the following completion of the ayah فَسَبِّحْ When you feel like that, (Allah is saying), the consequence of that should be say subhanAllah… (Surah Al Hijr verse 98) In the case of the Prophet it is more than just verbalizing a word, it is actualizing the meaning- something that is lost on many Muslims. بِحَمْدِ رَبِّكَ … praise Allah … (Surah Al Hijr verse 98)
Egyptian media has surrendered virtually all freedoms to support the new pharaoh, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi.
Drones have become so popular that even telecom giants are getting in on the act. Will these be used to pry into people’s private lives even more and for what purpose would such information be used?
There is urgent need for Muslims to develop their own media but it would not come about through the Muslim regimes.
By sentencing three Al Jazeera journalists to long prison sentences, the Egyptian regime of General (retired) Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has served notice that it will not allow any independent reporting even by foreign media outlets. The Egyptian media was already serving as propaganda mouthpiece for the regime; now it wants foreign media outlets to toe the line as well or else.
Reader lauds Crescent’s coverage and the information it provides to understand what is really going on in the world.
The Square, a documentary about Egypt’s January 2011 uprising, provides glimpses of most of the players but gives short shrift to al-Ikhwan al-Muslimoon, the main player that was then targeted by the deep state headed by the military.
The Crescent International cover design of last issue (August 2013) so accurately captured the essence of events in Egypt that it became an instant success worldwide.
With this issue, Crescent International enters it forty-second year of publication. This in itself is a milestone. No other Islamic magazine claiming global readership has survived this long.
Obama has always been long on rhetoric and short on substance. But he has another opportunity to prove he can deliver the change he has so often touted. His real test will be whether he is willing to deal on the basis of mutual respect with Islamic Iran.
Crescent’s perspective on world events is unique and increasingly people are turning to it to get a better understanding of what is happening around the world.
In a silver screen extravaganza, Fetih 1453 attempts to revive the glory of the Ottoman Empire and with it the sagging fortunes of Prime Minister Recep Tayip Erdogan who fancies himself as a modern incarnation of the Turkish sultan.
The real oligarchic nature of democratic polities and societies, and the fact that “freedom” is actually a cover for the untrammelled exercise of power by the strong in society, are subjects that I have written about before in this column and elsewhere.
Journalists, it is said, write the first draft of history. Given the manner in which the once honourable profession of journalism has been subverted into a propaganda tool of the Western corporate elite, it is a totally undeserved compliment.
When Iran’s Press TV first joined the global media networks some two years ago, it generated much excitement among committed Muslims as well as those seeking honest reporting of global events.