Parnaz Azima

May 27, 2007 at 10:49 pm (Faux Iranian Dissidents)

Parnaz Azima is a correspondent of the US government’s anti-Iran propaganda outlet: Radio Farda. Azima was recently arrested in Iran, and is presently on bail, and required to stay in Iran.

Radio Farda and RadioFarda.com is a joint project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and Voice of America (VOA). The 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service is produced in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic, with audio transmissions to listeners online and via AM, shortwave and satellite. On the air, Radio Farda features fresh news and information at least twice an hour, with longer news programming in the morning and the evening. Radio Farda also broadcasts popular Persian and Western music.

The “radio station” promotes US State Department, and anti-Islamic Republic propaganda on behalf of Iranian exiles.

Radio Farda is a U.S. government-funded radio station that broadcasts to Iran. It was founded in late 2002, and by 2006 was receiving $7 million a year in federal funding. That amount may increase dramatically, as the U.S. becomes more involved in Iran and Iranian politics.

In a recent article, Warren P. Strobel and William Douglas of McClatchey newspapers report that a “…Pentagon unit has drafted a report charging that U.S. international broadcasts into Iran aren’t tough enough on the Islamic regime.” Strobel and Douglas go on to say the report “appears to be a gambit by some officials in Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld’s office and elsewhere to gain sway over television and radio broadcasts into Iran, one of the few direct tools the United States has to reach the Iranian people.” The author of the report is Ladan Archin, a Wolfowitz protege, currently working in the Pentagon’s Iranian Directorate under Abram Shulsky.

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