Iran arrests seven "connected with" Radio Farda.

Posted: 08 Feb 2010   Print   Send a link
"Iran's state media says Tehran has arrested seven people allegedly linked to RFE/RL's Radio Farda and accused some of them of working for U.S. spy agencies. State radio and the official IRNA news agency reported today that the suspects played a key role in provoking protesters during a violent antigovernment demonstration in Tehran in late December. ... In a statement, RFE/RL said it was 'very concerned' to learn of the arrests, but that it has no information on the arrests other than that from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and state-controlled media." RFE/RL News, 7 February 2010.
     "The arrests came in an 'intelligence ministry operation,' [Iran Labor News Agency] said. 'These people were connected with Radio Farda and had gone through the process of selection and training in Dubai and Istanbul and some of them had been officially employed by the U.S. intelligence service.' However, Radio Farda's director, Armand Mostofi, told CNN Sunday it has no employees inside Iran. Radio Farda is based in Prague, Czech Republic, and in Washington. It is affiliated with Radio Free Europe, and broadcasts from Prague. Mostofi said he first heard of the arres ts in Iranian news reports. 'A lot of our news comes from the relationships with our listeners,' he said. 'It's a two-way relationship. Hundreds of thousands of our listeners call in to inform us of what is going in Iran.'" CNN, 8 February 2010.
     "Radio Farda is the successor of Voice of America's Persian service based in Prague and Washington, D.C." Radio Zamaneh (Amsterdam), 7 February 2010. VOA's Persian News Network, via television, radio, and internet, is alive and well, and has a larger audience than that of Radio Farda. VOA's participation in Radio Farda ended in July 2008.