A mostly positive assessment of VOA Persian News Network and RFE/RL's Radio Farda.

Posted: 28 Apr 2010   Print   Send a link
The Washington Institute for Near East Policy, 27 Apr 2010, Mehdi Khalaji: Alex "Belida -- who was recently confirmed as director -- succeeded in making [VOA Persian News Network] a more professional news outlet by remodeling its programs, enriching its visuals, shortening interviews and program runtimes, and hiring a younger generation of Iranian editors and broadcasters. ... [RFE/RL's Radio Farda] has succeeded in depoliticizing its content, developing more attractive radio formats, and establishing a platform for new voices in Iran. As a result, more Iranian journalists are willing to work with the network, and more Iranian democrats and human rights activists are looking to contribute to its programs. ... Too often, BBC and Iranian television cover stories long before they appear on PNN. And many PNN stories seem more relevant to American viewers than to Iranians." See previous post about same subject.