New Year's Eve the German city of Cologne witnessed mass organized
sexual assaults on hundreds of German women.
five days following the
German media failed to report them.
under public pressure they eventually did, it turned out that
a string of similar assaults had also happened simultaneously
in various other German cities.
the following week it turned out that mass assaults of a
similar nature had also happened in cities in Scandinavia.
it has become known that similar assaults took place on a mass
scale earlier last summer in Sweden,
and went unreported.
most disturbing fact about these assaults is not the assaults
themselves, or the fact the assaults seem to have been carried
out mainly by immigrants and refugees from Muslim
is it the silence of Western politicians, seemingly embarrassed
by a bad consequence of their immigration and refugee
is it even the bizarre behavior of some Western feminists —
unsparing in their criticism of Julian Assange —
against whom nothing has been proved — whilst
rationalizing and relativizing the criminal behavior of immigrants
and refugees from Muslim countries who carried out the
is the silence of the European media.
Western media routinely boasts of its independence and immunity
from political pressure. It routinely criticizes the lack
of independence of the media in other countries.
Russian media especially comes in for unsparing criticism. It is
routinely misrepresented as a lackey of the Russian
government — a fact that completely disregards its diversity —
and it is repeatedly accused of suppressing facts and opinions
critical of the Russian government.
last point is completely untrue, as the Russian media's
reporting of the issue at the heart of the
events in Cologne —
immigration — shows.
the fact is little known in the West, Russia is the world's
second biggest destination for immigrants after the US.
Russian media have openly debated this issue, and the social tensions
this wave of immigration is causing.
featured strongly in the Moscow mayoral elections of 2013,
and the Russian media has never balked at reporting
about criminal activity,
whether by immigrants or against them.
is as it should be. In a democratic society the media is under a
duty to report about such things.
it should not suppress information about mass organized criminal
activity simply because it is politically embarrassing.
the media reports such things it is a sign that it is genuinely free
the media suppresses news about such things because it is
politically embarrassing, it is by contrast a worrying sign that
suggests its independence can no longer be assumed.
is the situation we now have with the mass sexual assaults that
have happened in Europe: crimes went unreported because they are
who follow the Western media closely know this is not new.