Worst PR Job In the World? ISIS Is Looking for a Press Officer


For all you adventurous job seekers out there, a position just opened up with a world (in)famous group. ISIS is looking for a press officer to work in its “media centre.” It’s one of 10 positions that have opened up. Incredible.

“A man writing under the name of Abu Sa’eed Al-Britani insisted that an aversion to battle was a ‘sign of weak faith’ but there was work available for press officers, fitness instructors and bomb makers,” writes The Independent. The terror group is hoping to counter “negative propaganda” in the Western media with “internal media” of its own. So in case you were getting the wrong idea from those gruesome videos of death and destruction…

Al-Britani says they’re also looking for people to work in the “bomb making department” and goes on to discuss the “reward” of creating a car bomb and killing “unbelievers.”

It almost makes you question whether this is some strange and unfunny joke, except The Independent says Al-Britani is a jihadist who left the UK for Syria. And the article reminds us of the high-quality media outreach the group has done, for instance in its magazine Dabiq. So the group does take its outreach seriously.

“Believed to be in his late 20s, he has previously appeared in propaganda videos urging the West to send ground troops so extremists could send them ‘back one by one in coffins,’” the newspaper says.

The “media war” that ISIS has waged has been discussed and well-documented. In fact, this Atlantic article from a few weeks ago goes into detail about the efforts of the U.S. State Department’s Center for Strategic Counterterrorism Communications (CSCC), which was founded in 2010 and makes it its business to scour the internet to fight the “war of narratives.”

Still, it doesn’t seem like something you’d want to put on your resume. In fact, we’re guessing once you accept a job with ISIS, it’s rather difficult to quit.

Besides press officer and enforcers, ISIS is also looking for a chef, fitness trainer and doctors.

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