Shah Hussain Murtazavi
|Name||Shah Hussain Murtazavi|
|Date of birth|
|Function/Grade||Deputy to the President's Spokesperson|
|History and Biodata||
Shah Hussain Murtazawi
Behind the presidency of Mohammad Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan, there is a small group of people who tactically stage-manage his every movement, function and word in order to dramatize his performance as the so-called representative of the people. Among this “executive arm of the invisible government” is Shah Hussain Murtazawi.
Ever since becoming Ghani’s Deputy Spokesperson, Murtazawi has been the face of the inescapable media presence of Arg, the presidential palace in Kabul, and its “alternative facts.” In his deceitful and illusory efforts, Murtazawi has been irrationally trying to engineer and puff up a “demagogue” to fit the office. Coming from a reputable journalism background, the spokesman’s graphic pronouncement of President Ghani’s “rightness” has broken path with core principles of ethical journalism.
Through his untrue and dishonest manipulation of the masses’ opinion, he made President Ghani so important that he has become not just the president but someone closer to a deity. Pashtuns call him their spiritual father, “Baba.” Such blind devotion resembles deity worship.
While laws in Afghanistan do permit free competition among media and their staff members, Murtazawi’s efforts to bring manipulated information to the consciousness of the masses in order to aggrandize Ghani’s narcissistic personality and his finite abilities is nothing but the obstruction of truth.
Ghani has skillfully turned Murtazawi’s innocent original thoughts into a rubber stamp inked with fanatical ethnocentrism. Unfree from the whiff of bias since becoming the amplifier of Arg, he has drifted too far from sincerity and integrity. He refused to participate in a roundtable TV discussions which also demonstrates his growing intolerance for opposing views.(20180622)