Tuesday, September 01, 2009
Voice of America Persian Service editors have refused to allow regular commentator Mohsen Sazegara to give advice on air that might have helped demonstrators to be more effective in resisting the government intelligence forces.
Sazegara, who was a founder of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps and who joined the opposition against the regime in the 1990s, would have been an appropriate person to give useful advice to the Iranian people. However, VOA banned him from broadcasting. This is not the only time VOA has inexplicably refused prominent opposition figures air time. Roozbeh Farahanipour was refused an interview under similar circumstances in July this year.
So the question is, why is VOA refusing to allow the voices to be heard of those who appear best placed to further the organisation's stated mission??!!