- Mark Wright
- London Uk
- United Kingdom
MA International Relations: Global Security & Development, University of Plymouth (UK)
Is the current "lack of" media coverage of Iran linked to sanctions imposed on Iran or a decrease in a threat?
From October 2011 to May 2012, Iran was at the forefront of media discussion regarding its nuclear program and IAEA investigation. During this time, western governments battled to gain control of Iran's ambitions and with the help of the media coverage, succeeded in gaining some momentum that eventually manifested into imposing sanctions to control Iran's finances.
Its now September 2012, and with all of the fierce media representation and sanctions, Iran has disappeared off the media radar. Noam Chomsky once said that if the government of a country wants something done, use the media. Is this the case with Iran? The "lack of" coverage, all be the situation in Syria, seems unjust for a country that the media claimed could cause a global problem and even war. Has the media just forgot about the situation or has Noam's theory of propaganda just scored another point. In my opinion, the lack of media coverage and lack of government talk is linked but in a deeper way than we think. Is a covert media blackout part of the process to de-sensitize the issue with Iran until someone acts or are they trying to relax the situation by not feeding Iran with the fear generated by biased media coverage?
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