International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, 27 Jan 2013
: "The International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran has launched a new, weekly podcast on human rights in Iran by Iranian artist and satirist Kambiz Hosseini. 'Five in the Afternoon,' a half-hour of news and developments on human rights in Iran began airing on Friday, January 25. The podcast will be available every Friday on the Campaign website and on the Campaign’s Facebook page, as well as Mr. Hosseini’s Facebook page. 'One of our ongoing concerns has been to present issues related to human rights violations and topics of individual and social liberties in Iran to different layers of society and a wider group of people, using different types of expression and in language less burdened by the complexities or requirements of news reporting,' said Hadi Ghaemi, Executive Director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran. ... 'Kambiz Hosseini is a familiar face to his many fans of his television programs both inside and outside Iran. For more than three years, he was one of the producers and presenters of the successful weekly program "Parazit" on Voice of America’s Persian Service, which was the network’s most popular program. Over the past few months, Mr. Hosseini has been stage acting in several New York City plays. "Five in the Afternoon," our new podcast series, is one of the first media projects Mr. Hosseini has decided to tackle since leaving his successful run with "Parazit",' he said."
This may seem like a loss to VOA Persian. However, if Mr. Hosseini desires to express his views in a manner "less burdened by the complexities or requirements of news reporting," then the nonprofit International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran would be a better fit for him. As popular a Parazit was, in the long term VOA Persian is better served by positioning itself as a news organization rather than an opposition mouthpiece.
Mr. Hosseini's internet-delivered podcast can be blocked by Iran, so he might miss the previous VOA satellite delivery of his performances.