Kurdistan’s current media agencies tend to be deeply rooted to various establishments, some of which are political. Social networking sites can be used as politicised tools to influence policy-making, news-narratives and when the voices of the masses are combined they can become effective tools of mass communication.
Throughout the world social media networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, have been utilised by politicians, leaders and political parties to engage with voters.
The plight of Ezidis were unknown to many in the world for decades. They have suffered 73 massacres throughout their history, a parliamentary Ezidi member explained to the Washington Post.
The coverage of Kurdish news agencies on Shingal has been appalling because of the lack of ethical guidelines followed. In the beginning of the war against ISIS, Kurdistan Region’s presidency issued preliminary guidelines restricting its military personnel from issuing public statements or speaking to the press without permission.