Since the word “propaganda” is being used frequently, here is a basically new use of the word.
Propaganda, here, means something is completely fabricated, intended only to make oneself look better. In other words, a lie.
Now comes the new twist.
Here, the “New People’s Army” in the Phillippines is being challenged to prove their statement is real, or authentic. In other words, put up or shut up. If the NPA is lying this can be used against them and the reputation of the NPA would suffer immeasurably. The question is how long do you wait before calling their bluff?
The NPA, if they actually released the hostages, is going to now have to track the former hostages down and somehow take their picture. In effect, they’re going to have to ‘recapture’ them in order to get them to pose with a newspaper or get them to make a public statement, probably with a video.
What a great counter-propaganda move by the Armed Forces of the Phillippines, the AFP. It’s almost a win-win.
PHILIPPINES — The New People’s Army (NPA) has to prove its statement on the released of the six captive soldiers and policemen is not propaganda.
This has been the statement of Brigadier General Restituto Padilla following reports that the leader of the NPA ordered the release of six captive cops, and soldiers.
General Padilla says the NPA has to prove that they are serious in what they are doing by releasing other captives without any conditions. — UNTV News and Rescue
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