Further to my article of August 30th 2009, I have finally found the time to write a detailed account of what has taken place. As I had indicated in my previous article I recently became aware that an article was published in IRNA where my name was mentioned and I was supposedly quoted.
The article is mostly an attack on the Voice of America, although it is not the most coherent or logical article, and does not make any sense in some parts. There is also an attack on the Baha’i Community in this article and the assertion that the Voice of America is being run by Bahai’s.
There is also a part which mentions the so called human rights organization “Human Rights Activists in Iran” whose founder is Keyvan Rafiee and spokesperson Ahmad Batebi, which is the part where I am supposedly quoted. (More about this later)
The article does not have an author, and although it claims to be quoting me it does not provide any references or links, to where I have supposedly made these statements. That alone says a lot about the quality of Journalism in IRNA.
I think the attack on the Baha’i Community in this article is quite unfortunate, and even more so because my name is mentioned in the same article. I have always been a supporter of rights of religious and ethnic minorities in Iran, and find it disturbing that my name has been mentioned in an article where they are being attacked.
In regards to the section about “Human Rights Activists in Iran” I have certainly written articles about this so called human rights organization, and pointed out the fact that they work within the frame work of the Islamic Regime (based on their own admittance) and their use of a phone line which was under the direct control of the Ministry of Intelligence. I have also critized Ahmad Batebi on numerous occasions for being the spokesperson for such a disreputable organization. However none of the things I have written about this organization or Ahmad Batebi was quoted in the IRNA article. It wouldn’t make any sense for them to actually quote me, as my articles state that this organization is working with the Islamic Regime, not against it.
It is clear to me that this was a sad and pathetic attempt by the Islamic Regime to try to tarnish my reputation, and at the same time try to repair the reputation of Ahmad Batebi and "Human Rights Activists in Iran", which has been completely destroyed in the past year, due to their own questionable actions.
My stand against the Islamic Regime, as well as those who are connected to it in one way or another has always been crystal clear. I am against the Islamic Regime as a whole, I do not believe in “reform” I do not support individuals who want to work within the frame work of the Islamic Regime to try to create change, as it is impossible to change a system that has been responsible for so many atrocities in the past 30 years.
I take the fact that IRNA has felt the need to write about me and try to tarnish my reputation as a sign that I am doing something right, and I will keep on doing what I am doing.
Down with the Islamic Regime
Long Live Freedom in Iran