Details of a Meeting: Censorships in History
The meeting between the Leader of the Islamic Republic and the prime minister of Japan on June 13, 2019 had two significances. First it broke the traditional censorship on what the Leader has been saying for over three decades .The prime minister obviously was carrying a message from the US president and it had to be heard by the Leader. Here the voice and the answer were much different than what the Iranian president or foreign minister would say and much more dynamic. It would also come as a wakeup call to the US president who would normally remain uninformed about the undercurrents of almost everything, domestic or foreign related. Second, the message itself, that President Trump could not be trusted, period.
The written letter was not received but an oral presentation was submitted by the prime minister. The message was briefly put. Why should the Iranians trust a man who had defied an already clear agreement that was laboriously reached after five years? The sequence was carefully recorded and edited, yet most world journalists did not see it. This was due to the long standing tradition of censoring whatever he says, going back to thirty two years ago when he was President and appeared at the UN General Assembly.
(September 23, 1987, Page 00001, The New York Times Archives)
It is an interesting anecdote that I haven’t seen anyone notice. On September 23, 1987 the New York Times announced how an Iranian ship was caught red handed laying mines in the western waters of the Persian Gulf. It was attacked, three Iranian sailors were killed and over twenty captured. Iran denied wrongdoing since it was in war with Saddam and asked what Americas were doing there in the first place? But the juicy dramatic point, was why the American helicopter attack, which according to the US Navy had been tracking the Iranian boat for quite a long time was attacking at exactly the same time as Ayatollah Khamenei was about to make a speech at the UN general assembly? This was at the peak of the war with Saddam that the US fully supported and the Iranian president was going to embark on why the Americans were so adamant in supporting such a cannibal.
None the less the speech at the UN was completely obliterated. Ayatollah Khamenei was not heard. The story of Iran’s grand crime of protecting its waters against foreign invasion totally covered the UN speech. Caught Red Handed was the title of every media in the US. The synchronization of the attack and the speech is the point here.
This scenario repeated itself again two days ago when the Japanese PM came to the Iranian Leader. As the talks were going on two Iranian oil carrying ships were mysteriously attacked and the world media focused on just that. None of the details of the meeting were elaborated upon. A cover up had camouflaged the real story which was the Leader’s response to Trump.
This style censorship on him specifically has repeated itself in other instances which I will skip for now. But the point is clear.