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Iran: When Earthquakes Kill, “TV Broadcasts Prayers”
Written by Fred Petrossian On 12 August 2012 @ 9:48 am | 7 Comments
In Citizen Media, Disaster, Farsi, Feature, Iran, Middle East & North Africa, Protest, Weblog
Two powerful earthquakes hit  the northwest region in Iran, East Azarbaijan province  on Saturday (August 11, 2012), killing 250 people and injuring around 1,800. The earthquakes measured 6.4 and 6.3 in magnitude, leaving a trail of destruction and suffering.
Iranians flocked to the Internet to mourn the victims and to appeal for blood donation and help. They also expressed their anger at the Iranian national TV, which broadcast religious programmes, instead of providing viewers with information about the earthquakes and how to help.
Damavandiyeh writes  [fa]:
Many people are still under the rubble in the villages. All State run channels [in Iran there is no private channel] are broadcasting religious programmes, instead of calling people to help. Iran's Supreme Leader's representative in East Azarbaijan said this earthquake reminds us “the Day of Judgement'.
Green City adds  [fa]:
People are under rubble needing help but Iranian channels broadcast religious program [Dua'a Jawshan Al Kabir] and one of them is showing “Down with USA’ [slogan]…
Aandishe reflects  on the tragedy, wondering why mistakes are never learning experiences:
Each of us may have been at that place…why we do not learn any lesson from previous earthquakes…shame on liars who come on TV and talk about their accomplishment to increase the resistance of buildings to cope with earthquakes in Iran.
Bidad shares  [fa] similar sentiments:
All the telephone communication is interrupted, half province is destroyed and all that the television talks about is religious issues such as fasting instead of informing people about the earthquake.
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URLs in this post:
 hit: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/12/iran-quake-idUSL6E8JC0DW20120812
 East Azarbaijan province: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/East_Azerbaijan_Province
 writes: http://damavandiyeh.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/%D8%A8%D8%B1-%D8%B4%D8%B1%D9%81-%D9%88-%D8%BA%DB%8C%D8%B1%D8%AA-%D9%86%D8%AF%D8%A7%D8%B4%D8%AA%D8%AA%D9%88%D9%86-%D9%84%D8%B9%D9%86%D8%AA%D8%8C-%D8%B5%D8%AF%D8%A7-%D9%88-%D8%B3%DB%8C%D9%85%D8%A7%DB%8C/
 adds: http://greencity20.blogspot.co.uk/2012/08/blog-post_11.html
 reflects: http://aandishehh.wordpress.com/2012/08/11/zelzeleh/
 shares: http://bidad.persianblog.ir/post/1325
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