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While Iran Broadcasts Christmas Eve Message of “Peace and Love” it Hangs 10 People in Mass Execution – Elite Media Covers the Propaganda; Silent on the Hangings

Posted by iusbvision on December 29, 2008

Peace, love, nuclear weapons, mass executions and terrorism:

LONDON (AFP) – Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will deliver an alternative Christmas message on British television to rival Queen Elizabeth II’s annual address, broadcaster Channel Four said Wednesday.

Ahmadinejad, whose comments will go out on 1915 GMT on Christmas Day, will say that if Jesus Christ were alive today, he would oppose “bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers”, according to a pre-released transcript.

Channel Four has invited a figure in the news to deliver an alternative Christmas message to the queen’s annual broadcast since 1993 but Ahmadinejad is the most high-profile guest yet.

The message begins with Ahmadinejad congratulating Christians and the people of Britain on the anniversary of the birth of Christ, which Christians celebrate on Christmas Day.

He adds: “If Christ were on earth today, undoubtedly he would stand with the people in opposition to bullying, ill-tempered and expansionist powers.

“If Christ were on Earth today, undoubtedly he would hoist the banner of justice and love for humanity to oppose warmongers, occupiers, terrorists and bullies the world over.”

The American news picked up the story, but guess what they didn’t cover:

Norway deplores executions in Iran
Friday, 26 December 2008
The Norway Post (warning the link has a photo showing one of the people hanging in public)

Norway deplores the executions of 10 persons in Iran on Christmas Eve. Prior to the executions Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Stoere appealed to Iran to stop in time and not go ahead with the executions.

Last week Norway aligned itself with an EU declaration on the mass executions in Tehran’s Evin Prison on 26 November and other repeated violations of human rights that have taken place in Iran lately.

The Government is concerned about the human rights situation in Iran in general. Two days ago the Iranian authorities closed the Center for Defence of Human Rights in Tehran, The centre was established and headed by the Iranian lawyer and human rights defender Shirin Ebadi, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2003.

Ed Morrissey at comments:

Interestingly, no global news agencies bothered to cover the Christmas Eve hangings, despite the worldwide attention focused on Ahmadinejad’s Christmas message. Nor has there been any significant coverage of the Christmas week closing of the human-rights center that belied Ahmadinejad’s holiday message. It seems as though the media only has an interest in acting as a repeater station for tyrants rather than hold them accountable for their actions.

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