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ATT DIKTATURER använder sig av lögner och propaganda är inget nyhet. Att västerländska medier spelar med är mindre känt.

Media lider ofta av ett sjukligt behov av leverera ”balanserad nyhetsrapportering”. Man ger därför utrymme även år dessa regimers talesmän.

Det behövs knappast någon större kompetens hos journalister och reportrar för att kunna genomskåda spelet. Men trots detta rapporterar media sällan om hur detta propagandakrig fungerar.

Terroristorganisationer som Hamas och Hizbollah använder sig t.ex. av exakt samma överdrifter, lögner och absurditeter som Muammar Khaddafi och hans talesmän använder sig av i Libyen.

Enda skillnaden tycks vara att västmedia har bestämt sig för att Hamas och Hizbollah är ”politiskt korrekta” medan Khaddafi inte är det längre.   

Andrew Gilligan, Londonredaktör för Telegraph Media Group, skriver i The Spectator om hur det kan låta när Khaddafi och hans propagandamaskineri maler på. Men det skulle lika väl kunna handla om någon annan regim eller organisation i Mellanöstern eller norra Afrika.

‘We have some civilian martyrs for you,’ said the Libyan government minder, with the triumphant look of a Soviet housewife who has just found a bottle of Scotch in the state-controlled supermarket.

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It was the kind of thing that stays in the memory — but mainly because that body, and another one next to it, were the first two that any western reporter in Tripoli had seen in weeks. […] Three more corpses were brought out last Tuesday. And that, so far, has been it.

For the Tripoli press corps, a typical Crusader airstrike has three phases. First, nearly always in the middle of the night, comes the bang itself, or multiples thereof — often conveniently close to our hotel, allowing us to report that Nato has launched its ‘heaviest attacks yet’ on the Libyan capital.

Then there is the government-organised bus ride to what is generally an empty building with smoke billowing from it (more sensitive targets tend to be omitted from the tour itinerary). Finally, the evening may conclude with a visit to a hospital, at which we will be told that there have been dozens, even hundreds, of civilian casualties, but will actually be shown perhaps six young men with superficial wounds. The others, it will be explained, are being treated elsewhere, or have already recovered — praise be to Allah!

This week, the regime claimed that Nato has killed 718 civilians since the bombing began. But in the whole ten weeks of the air campaign, the authorities have not produced a single one of the dead babies, bombed schools, or large-scale ‘martyrdoms’ that feature so prominently in the state-controlled media. They are starting to get desperate.

Othman Baraka, an official of the anti-corruption ministry, gave a press conference to denounce a Nato strike on his headquarters. Twenty-five of his civilian staff had been injured, he stormed. No, on second thoughts, make that 54. The hacks politely pointed out that the attack had taken place in the middle of the night. ‘The anti-corruption ministry works around the clock,’ said Mr Baraka.

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”EN BILD SÄGER mer än tusen ord.” Klichén må vara uttjatad men här är den berättigad. Omslaget har verkligen lyckats fånga Khaddafi och hans regim på pricken. Briljant illustration, briljant design! 

Richard Turley, creative directorBloomberg Businessweek, och Mark Porter gav Internazionale ett ansiktslyft för ett år sedan. Illustrationen på omslaget är av Norma Bar.

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