US using TV ads in Pakistan to quell anger over anti-Islam film
21 September, 2012
WASHINGTON: The United States has bought time on Pakistani television stations to run a series of adverts in a bid to stem Muslim protests at an amateur anti-Islam film, a US official said on Wednesday.
The State Department has spent some $70,000 to air the ad in Urdu on seven Pakistani TV channels in a bid to disassociate the US government from the inflammatory film, spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said.
"After the video came out there was concern in lots of bodies politic, including in Pakistan, whether this represented the views of the US government," Nuland told journalists.
"So in order to ensure we reached the largest number of Pakistanis, some 90 million as I understand in this case with these spots, it was the judegment that this was the best way to do it."
The 30-second ad shows clips of President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton taken from their speeches made since the violence flared in Muslim nations last week.
It also includes an image of the US seal "to make clear it's official", and a notice that they were paid for, although Nuland was uncertain whether the name of the State Department was included. Obama is shown saying, "Since our founding the United States has been a nation that respects all faiths. We reject all efforts to denigrate the religious beliefs of others."