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Iran raps Western media bias, monopoly
Fri, 29 Apr 2011 06:42:20 GMT
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Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Eshaq Ale-Habib
Iran's Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations Eshaq Ale-Habib has slammed Western media for their bias against developing countries as well as their monopolistic control over global information and communications technology.

“This is unfortunate that, by using their modern and exclusive communications technology, some developed countries are constantly distorting the realities and fabricating events… especially with regard to developing countries,” Ale-Habib told the UN's Committee on Information on Thursday, according to a Friday press release by Iran's UN permanent representative office .

“Developing countries have been hindered by the unfair… duplicitous and exclusive approach of the [Western] media,” he added.

The Iranian diplomat urged the international community to promote “fair” media coverage of world events and called for essential steps to promote equal access to information and communications technology.

“We encourage the UN's information department to play an effective role in establishing a new order of information and global communications based on the free and balanced flow of information,” Ale-Habib noted.

He called on the United Nations and its Committee on Information to take practical steps to promote “religious tolerance” and to counter the growing Islamophobic trend in the West, and to stop the desecration of Islam.

Ale-Habib also condemned the recent act of burning Islam's holy book, the Qur'an, by an extremist US pastor, and said the incident runs counter to the UN's efforts to promote “religious tolerance and mutual respect between religions and cultures.”

On March 20, American Pastor Wayne Sapp burned a copy of the holy book under the supervision of controversial Christian preacher Terry Jones in Florida. Terry Jones is another US pastor that drew sweeping condemnation last September over his plan to ignite a stack of the Muslims' holy book on the anniversary of September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.

Earlier, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed his condemnation of the Qur'an burning incident in the US in response to a letter by Iran's Ambassador to the United Nations Mohammad Khazaei.

Ale-Habib also urged UN Committee on Information to bring to public attention the issue of Palestine and the “negative impacts of the illegitimate siege” imposed on the Gaza Strip by the Israeli regime.

The Tel Aviv regime laid an economic blockade on the impoverished sliver in June 2007 after the democratically elected Hamas lawmakers took over the administration of the enclave.

The blockade has had a disastrous impact on the humanitarian and economic situation in the Gaza Strip.

Some 1.5 million people are being denied their basic rights, including the freedom of movement and their rights to appropriate living conditions, work, health and education.

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