In history books of the future, they will talk about what happened in July of 2014 in Iraq. But the majority of American news companies are not talking about it as it happens. Is this censorship?
They are different types of censorship. There is officially admitted censorship. Such as in World War Two in America, an official organization censored the news.
Another example of admitted censorship is happening in Turkey, related to the current Iraq War, At the commission on July 3, main opposition Republican People’s Party (CHP) deputies hit out at ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) deputies over a controversial court decision to ban media coverage of the kidnapping of staff from the Turkish Consulate in Mosul by militants of the Islamic State (IS), previously known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). government-blackout-on-kidnapped-turks-in-iraq
There is voluntary news censorship due to political corruption. This happens in the United States a lot. When Paula Jones held a well attended news conference attended by the NYT and WP among others and first revealed what would become one of the biggest stories of the 1990s, which led to the impeachment of Clinton, the NYT and WP censored it for months. The NYT reporter told Don Irvine of AIM, at that press conference, simply “Because I do not want to report it.”
This is the type of censorship we are seeing on the current Iraq War. There are things happening, such as below report by the BBC in England, which are being mostly ignored by the USA news media
Iraq has warned the UN that Sunni militants have seized nuclear materials used for scientific research at a university in the city of Mosul.
In a letter seen by Reuters, Iraq’s envoy to the UN said nearly 40kg (88lb) of uranium compounds were seized.
The letter appealed for international help to “stave off the threat of their use by terrorists in Iraq or abroad”.
But the UN atomic agency IAEA said the material was “low grade” and did not pose a significant security risk.
US officials have also reportedly played down the threat, saying the materials were not believed to be enriched uranium.
They added that it would be difficult for the rebels to use the materials to make weapons.
“Terrorist groups have seized control of nuclear material at the sites that came out of the control of the state,” Ambassador Mohamed Ali Alhakim said in the letter.
For the record, “Dirty” nuclear terrorist bombs, do not requite high grade Uranium.
Why is what is going on in Iraq being downplayed or censored? The most frequent motive for USA news censorship is to protect politicians and policies the news organizations like. In this case it seems to fit. What is actually happening in Iraq, makes Obama look bad, so they pretend it is not happening.