Ahmadinejad slams West's instrumental use of media

August 8, 2010

TEHRAN -- President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad slams the West for its instrumental use of media with the aim to dominate the world.

The president made the remarks in a Saturday speech to mark the 'Reporters' Day'.
August 8 (Mordad 17 in the Iranian calendar) is named the Reporter’s Day marking the anniversary of the martyrdom of IRNA correspondent Mahmoud Saremi in Afghanistan in 1998 when Taliban fighters occupied the Iranian consulate in Mazari Sharif.
“Western media have always portrayed justice-seeking nations as weak and inefficient while showing the bullying powers as freedom-seeking and pro-democratic,” Ahmadinejad stated.
The West is using media as a psychological warfare tool against other countries, the president noted.
Ahmadinejad cited the Palestine issue as a concrete example in which Western media try to manipulate realities on the ground.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Ahmadinejad noted that there is no obstacle in the way of Iranians livings abroad to return back to the country.
The president also called on organizations which have filed lawsuits against certain reporters to withdraw their complaints.