IRANIAN NEWS AGENCIES FLOURISHING. The Azad News Agency started producing test dispatches on 16 March and will begin its regular service in May, becoming the newest example of a recent flourishing of such agencies in Iran. Azad becomes Iran's ninth news agency.
The country's official Islamic Republic News Agency
(IRNA) began life as Pars Agency in 1934. The Foreign Ministry and, later, other state institutions ran it until 1963, when the Information Ministry took over and renamed it Pars News Agency. After the Islamic revolution in 1979, the Information Ministry was renamed
the Guidance Ministry, and Pars News Agency was renamed IRNA. In September 2001, current IRNA head Abdullah Nasseri-Taheri took over from Fereidun Verdinejad, who had run the agency for 10 years. IRNA publishes several publications, including the Persian-language "Iran," the English-language "Iran Daily," and a monthly about
interior design called "Iran-i Azin." IRNA's website is http://www.irna.ir
The Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA), which receives some government funding and is affiliated with the University Jihad, a state-backed students' organization, began operations in 1998. The agency writes about issues relevant to students, and ISNA Director-General Abolfazl Fateh complained that in June 2003 police beat him with batons after he objected to their throwing stones at
protesting students (see "RFE/RL Iran Report," 23 June 2003). Its website is http://www.isna.ir
The privately owned Fars News Agency received its license in November 1998, Reuters reported at the time. It actually began operating in 2002 and is headed by Said Najar-Nobari, who previously headed the Tehran Justice Department's public relations bureau. Other individuals associated with Fars News Agency have a similarly conservative background. Managing Editor Mehdi Fazel is editor in chief of the daily "Javan," and the board of directors includes "Farda" editor Alireza Shemirani and "Resalat" journalists Abdullah
Moghaddam and Akbar Nabavi. Its website is http://www.farsnews.com
The Pupils Association News Agency started operation in
September 2002 as a joint effort of the Education Ministry and the Islamic Culture and Guidance Ministry. It is affiliated with IRNA, and its objectives include training reporters and reporting news that interests students. Its website is http://www.irna.ir/pana
SHANA (Shabakeh-yi Ettelaat-i Naft va Energi) News Agency, which is affiliated with the Petroleum Ministry, began work in early 2003, according to a December dispatch from IRNA. Its website is http://www.shana.ir/pe
Affiliated with the Worker's House (Khaneh-yi Kargar)
labor organization, the Iranian Labor News Agency (ILNA) was launched in February 2003. It is headed by Masud Heidari and one of its founders was Ali-Reza Mahjoub of the Islamic Labor Party. Heidari said on 10 December 2002 that the agency would discuss workers' demands, IRNA reported. However, it does not seem to run any more
worker-related news than other agencies do. Its website is http://www.ilna.ir
Veterans of the Iran-Iraq War founded Mehr News Agency on 22 June 2003. Its managing director is Parviz Ismaili, a columnist with the conservative "Entekhab" newspaper. Its website is http://www.mehrnews.com
The establishment of Mowj News Agency was announced in "Iran" in July 2003, while ILNA reported that it began trial operations in September 2003. Its website is http://www.mowjnews.com
The newest entrant is Azad News Agency, which is affiliated with the Islamic Open University, Azad chief Mohammad Reza Karimi said, adding that its objectives are communicating with and exchanging information with the world's other universities, IRNA reported on 16 March. "The [Islamic Open University], with more than
2.5 million students and graduates, 25,000 academic staff, and 220 branches across Iran and abroad, is the largest Iranian university and academic complex, and therefore the establishment of a news agency to cover the above mentioned meets a longstanding need," Karimi said. Karimi added that the agency will have offices in Ahvaz, Arak, Isfahan, Kerman, Mashhad, Shiraz, Sari, Semnan, Tabriz, and Tehran. Its website is http://www.ana.ir
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posted on 04/06/2004 9:11:57 PM PDT
(Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
President warns against abusing human rights, democracy
April 5th, 2004
Tehran, April 6, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami here on Tuesday
warned abusing human rights and democracy, saying the two are the most
important achievements of human beings, gained at a dear cost.
Addressing a group of youth, President Khatami said those, who are
major violators of human rights, deprive countries of their
independence and progress in the name of defending human rights and
the Islamic Republic of Iran has been subject to mounting pressures,
growing assaults and attacks in the process.
"Those driving their tanks towards people and bomb a town just
because of a mere protest and demonstration (by the people) have no
right to speak of human rights and are not entitled to claim to be
championing human rights," said President Khatami.
The president deplored that human rights and democracy are abused
at the international level.
President Khatami made pointed reference to the latest violence in
Iraq, which left dozens of Iraqis either killed or injured by the
Focusing on Iran, President Khatami said that Iranian society is
moving towards modernism, freedom, and development as well as respect
for man`s dignity, marking public victory.
He said that Iranian community is in pressing need of a civil
society having its roots in the school of thought of Prophet Mohammad
(Peace Be Upon Him and His Progeny).
He added that the kind of civil society he meant was the one
wherein power is centralized but no despotism exists.
He ruled out hopes for administration of a secular system in Iran
and said, "Those pinning hopes on the republic system, should know
that no secular republic would be formed in Iran."
Elsewhere in his remarks, President Khatami called for
appreciating the youth, and said any disrespect for this strata would
be tantamount to spread of poverty, corruption, addiction, immigration
and a host of problems. http://www.irna.ir/?LANG=EN&PART=_HOME&TYPE=HP#2004_04_0619_42_335
HE IS NUTS!
posted on 04/06/2004 10:15:25 PM PDT
by F14 Pilot
(John Fedayeen Kerry - the Mullahs' regime candidate)
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