Reza Kazim, a spokesperson for Islamic Human Rights Commission in London, said the Western news channels are being “controlled by certain narratives and powers,” which are attempting to spread Islamophobia and fuel anti-Muslim sentiments.
The analyst said that the main channels in the West intentionally distort facts, context and discourse when it comes to Islam and Muslims.
Commenting on the presence of some 20 million pilgrims in the holy Iraqi city of Karbala on the religious occasion of Arba’een, the analyst said that Western media outlets have failed to give proper coverage to the peaceful gathering at the holy shrine of Imam Hussain.
The religious ceremony marks the 40th day after the martyrdom anniversary of Imam Hussain ,the grandson of Prophet Mohammad. The Arba’een ceremony, which is one of the largest religious gatherings in the world, fell on December 13 this year.
Kazim especially blamed the state-funded BBC for distorting facts about the historical events of Karbala and depicting Arba’een as being of a sectarian nature.
Elsewhere in his remarks, Kazim said that the US was fueling and financing militancy in the Middle East in order to destabilize the strategically important region.
Meanwhile, Lawrence J. Korb, a foreign policy and national security analyst, who was another guest participating at the debate, defended what he called the US record on combating militancy across the troubled Middle East.
Korb also said that Western mainstream media are not conspiring against Muslims and have just been exercising their rights to the freedom of speech.