[size=47]Electronic armies fuel hate speech in Iraq[/size]
September 27 2022
[You must be registered and logged in to see this image.]
Although the follow-up of what is issued by fake accounts and electronic armies is the responsibility of the National Security Agency, which works in coordination with the Media and Communications Authority, but the device does not approach partisan pages and those known to be associated with armed militias. On the other hand, the country is witnessing dozens of arrests of activists who criticize the socio-political and security conditions in their cities and regions. And the last of them is the presenter, Saleh Al-Hamdani, who was accused by media groups affiliated with the Popular Mobilization, of being affiliated with ISIS.
The work of electronic armies is not limited to discrediting journalists and activists, women in particular, but also contributes to the failure of some political initiatives to resolve recent crises, which is recognized by the head of the "Victory" coalition [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]. In a statement, the coalition expressed that "the serious and balanced initiatives put forward by al-Abadi annoyed some who live in crises, and for this we are facing a violent and immoral attack launched by the electronic armies of the enemies of solutions and crisis makers targeting al-Abadi and his initiatives," stressing that "we know the motives of the attack and who is behind it."
In the same context, independent member of Parliament Basem Khashan says, "Everyone is targeted by electronic armies owned by parties, and some external parties that support hate speech and sabotage intimacy within Iraqi society, and I personally am constantly exposed to media attacks led by fake pages that spread lies about me." He explains to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that:
For his part, journalist Amir Al-Muhanna asserts that "the reason that prompted the parties and factions of [You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] to establish channels on Telegram such as (Sabreen News) and (Abu Mazael) is the threat and abuse of civilian activists, in addition to promoting political figures accused of corruption and some of them are required to be judged, not to mention About promoting terrorist acts such as targeting Iraqi military bases that contain advisers from the International Coalition, and therefore all the content of these platforms funded by the parties, calls for their closure through law and the accountability of those responsible for them.
Al-Muhanna pointed out, in his interview with Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, that “most of the electronic armies and fake platforms that ignite crises and sectarian strife, are run from the headquarters of the parties themselves, and some of them are from rooms in the headquarters of some satellite stations,” considering that “the workers in them are affiliated with And employees of the Iraqi state, the majority of whom obtained a discharge from their original jobs through partisan influences and work in the journalistic field of state militias and political parties.
And according to what sources from the Popular Mobilization Media Directorate confirmed, earlier to Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, “some factions loyal to Iran have used, during the past years, Lebanese experts in the field of design, graphics and content creation, and other factions have started their media journey through the communication sites after they sent young men to Iran to train in the manufacture of contents, which are called among them (electronic armies of resistance), and usually bear the character of civilians or opposition to the government in order to obtain popular support and followers in large numbers.
[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.]