Justify and normalize state-sponsored terrorism and assassinations

By Mitra Jashni

Less than a month, the Persian section of the oldest national media organization of the world –BBC- will be 78 years old. In 2009, BBC after 69 years of a radio program in Farsi, launched the Persian TV section which is one of the most tumultuous Persian language media with non-Iranian government funds.

Since 2009 in Iran and the peaceful protests of Iranians against the government, with the presidency of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad which called the Green Movement, free media out of Iran have played a challenging role in covering the news of dissatisfaction and the protest wave of the Iranian people.

In the early decades of the 21st century, the Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the most disastrous governments that have not only caused the Middle East’s instability and warfare, but also deprives its people of a system of intimidation and ongoing violence of the simplest of freedoms and eliminates its opponents by creating terror and using brutal and primitive methods such as slaughter. November 22, 2018, coincides with the twentieth anniversary of one of the tens of suppression of Iranian dissidents and liberators, and one of the most brutal and most catastrophic of them, “chain killings.”

BBC Persian language television focused on the “chain killings” as a special subject for its weekly program — Page 2- with Mrs. Farnaz Ghazizadeh as a presenter. Ms. Ghazizadeh, in a part of the program, raised this question with her guests and hundreds of thousands of viewers and audience:

The exclusion of IR’s intelligence system and the fact that the physical removal is now clear in the case, more than what happened before, but Intelligent services in the rest of the world are not so much holy; They may do the same. Why are you so much and everyone else wondering if the judicial system in Iran has done this? Why should not he ?! “

This stance is aimed at normalizing the Islamic Republic’s brutal politics from an official employee of one of the most prominent media outlets in the world exactly at the period of the time that a new wave of popular protests in Iran has begun since last January which calling for structural changes and the overthrow of the Islamic Republic’s regime.

The BBC’s official correspondent addresses this question to thousands of viewers and program guests who, incidentally, are the survivors of the most violent political violence of the Islamic Republic in the second decade of the revolution that why should the Iranian judicial system not do this (smash its opponents)?; Just when weeks, workers, retirees, teachers, drivers and other strata of the community fight strikes and peaceful attacks on different streets throughout the country against corruption, inflation, and violence.

Some victims of crimes known as “chain killings”. Top row from the right: Hamid Hajizadeh, Karoun Hajizadeh, Parvaneh Forouhar, Dariush Forouhar; Down row from the right: Mohammad-Ja’far Pouyandeh, Majid Sharif, Mohammad Mokhtari, Pirouz Davani

The policy of normalizing the crimes and the persistence of the survival of the Islamic regime in Iran, which media journalists such as the BBC are helping to sustain the current catastrophe and violent policies of the Islamic Republic against its own people.

Executions against activists and political militants continue without any changes with the increasing trend at the end of the fourth decade of the revolution than in previous decades. As an Iranian woman and a civic activist who has been the victim of the Islamic Republic’s regime’s misconduct , as a represented of hundreds of Iranians who, after broadcasting this interview from the BBC, criticized and convicted the positioning of an official employee of an international television network with millions of viewers against the backdrop of a violent regime on their social networking websites, calling for the BBC to be responsive to audiences as a credible media outlet for her employee’s -Farnaz Ghazizadeh- rude conduct. No journalist has the right to justify the normalization of the expression of violent behavior of murderers against intellectuals and political fighters, on the pretext of freedom.

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Ms. Mitra Jashni is an Iranian cultural and political activist and a member of Farashgard opposition group.

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