The focus of the American media on the “Samarra” anchor angers the Iraqi street

The New York Times reported that Randa Abdel Aziz was sitting with her friends in a cafe in Baghdad and reading a pamphlet about cosmetics out loud and in the formal language just for joking, before someone who was in the same place heard her and offered her a job on the official Iraqi television.

The American media shed light on the work of a young broadcaster on the official Iraqi channel – because of the color of her skin – Iraqis resentment on social media platforms, considering this an attempt to transfer color discrimination and racism in American society to Iraq.

We buy the New York Times (THE NEW YORK TIMESThe American newspaper reported yesterday, Saturday, about the young media, Randa Abdel Aziz, after her appearance on the state-run “Al-Iraqiya” channel as a news anchor, noting that “Randa” was the first black female anchor to appear on government television decades ago.

In its report, the newspaper stated, that 25-year-old Randa was brought by chance to the media field, noting that she was sitting with her friends in a cafe in Baghdad and reading a brochure about cosmetics aloud and in the classical language just for the sake of joking before someone who was in the same place heard her. She has to work on the official Iraqi TV.

The American Al-Hurra channel and the “Raise Your Voice” website, affiliated with the same network; The New York Times report about the brown anchor was published, which Iraqis considered an attempt to shed light on the social disparities that American society suffers from.

Journalist Saif Salah Al-Hiti said – through his account on Twitter – that “the color of the skin of the announcer, Randa Abdel Aziz, did not attract the attention of the Iraqi circles, especially her appearance on the official channel, which raised this issue and made stories from it, which is the American media or the American-financed.” Al-Hiti added that “the Iraqi people, not even the peoples of the region, knew this distinction, and it never drew the public’s attention. Good luck to our colleague.”

Journalist Ali Al-Bazi wrote on his Twitter account, “The American media is trying to promote racist concepts and draw attention to them. We do not deny the existence of such a view in societies, but humanity is higher.” Al-Bazi added, “Many people focused on the brown Iraqi broadcaster, Randa Abdel Aziz, as if it were a historical event that democracy took action.”

Journalist Maan Al-Jizani commented – via his Twitter account – saying, “A girl’s job in a television station has turned into a global event, not because she is efficient, but because she is brown.”

Al-Jizani added, “In America itself, there is an unequal debate over the conflict between standards of competence and other standards related to gender and color.” Noting that “America itself suffers from this problem, which has begun to significantly affect the level of efficiency of the institutions’ work.”

Journalist and writer Jamal Al-Mudhaffar wrote a tweet on Twitter asking about the criteria for choosing any job, “Is it skin color or professionalism, competence and tact?”

For his part, activist Nabil Yaqoub considered that the New York Times was not successful in publishing such a report, because Randa Abdel Aziz is not the only black anchor who appeared on Iraqi television.

On the other hand, commentator Hamza Zia considered that the New York Times’ publication of a report on the Iraqi broadcaster and the story of her entry to work in the media field is a joyous matter.

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