The cornerstone of a true democracy is a free press. As of today in Iraq, a credible free press/media is nowhere to be found, according to veteran war
correspondent and former SAIC employee Don North. The media is run heavy-handidly by Paul Bremer's CPA, dictating what CAN and CAN'T be covered.
(Big surprise. :@@
You'd think the old Soviet Union was in charge. According to North, Iraqis do not find the IMN (Iraq Media Network) credible.
Afterall, they've been fed propaganda for 35 years now. They should know it from a mile away. Only about 1 in 10 even bother with the IMN. Two out of
three supposedly get their news from Al Jezeera or Al Arabiya. That's just great, considering they are known for presenting news with their own
If Bush wants so badly for a free and democratic Iraq, you'd think the first and best place to start that would be with the information business.
Things have not gone the way they were supposed to in Iraq: Constant attacks, a constant flow of dead and wounded American soldiers, the inability of
the CPA and military to restore order and infrastructure, the complete inability of the U.S. to win the hearts and minds of the people, rampant crime
and corruption and supposed atrocities committed by our troops against civilians. PR-wise, the Iraq occupation is a complete disaster. There is no way
Bremer and the boys are gonna let IMN be independent.
There is no democracy in Iraq.
To read Iraq: Project Frustration by Don North:
Iraq: Project Frustration
One Newsman's Take on How Things Went Wrong
By Don North
Special to TelevisionWeek
In the chill January days when Pentagon officials were mapping the blueprint for a new Iraq, a paper was circulated here in Washington proposing a
free, impartial and independent Iraqi Media Network. The paper stated, "Whilst democracy requires a free press, at the same time it requires one that
is accountable to the society and the individuals within it, which it serves."
It was a good plan. It would model IMN as a public broadcast network similar to PBS or the BBC, two of the most respected broadcasters in the world.
So I joined a small group of American and Iraqi expatriate journalists who signed on to bring honest and professional radio and TV to Iraq after the
fall of Baghdad. The Iraq Media Network went on the air with radio April 10 and television May 13. It was greeted with great anticipation by Iraqis,
who expected that after 35 years of Saddam Hussein's self-serving propaganda, a new free and democratic media would be created that would make the
new governing elements transparent and accountable and generate credible debate on the reconstruction of Iraq.