Why Is This News?

27-07-08

Reports from Iran say 29 people have been executed by hanging in Tehran.
Among them were convicts found guilty of murder, rape, armed robbery and drug trafficking, state television IRIB reported on its website.
All the executions took place on Sunday morning in Tehran’s Evin prison, the report said.
(Source: BBC News)

Firstly, I’m against the death penalty. So, Iran murdering these citizens is an abomination. It is murder. State-sanctioned murder but murder nonetheless.

BUT…

Why are we seeing this news story about Iran? Why isn’t every execution carried out in America newsworthy? George Bush is personally responsible for 155 death penalty executions… I don’t see any article about him?

I suspect that anything that is bad news about Iran is getting pushed forward by the people who control our media. Texas executing scores of prisoners – well, what purpose does it serve to report that? How does that help the anti-Iran propaganda war currently being waged by the US and UK and their allies?

It doesn’t, so it won’t become a news story. Similar to all the Afghans and Iraqis being shot at checkpoints by UK and US troops – well, that’s not news is it? We only report car bombings by “sectarians”, the people we murder don’t count.

Murder is murder.

Any country, any country that carries out the death penalty is a barbaric, un-civilised country.