The Iranian regime has long used books filled with false information to continue its demonization campaign against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). These books, created by the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS) and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC), fill the shelves in libraries and bookstores (presumably, because no one is checking them out or buying them) but books written by the MEK are banned.
The regime’s books contain constant repetitions of baseless and proven false allegations against the MEK, which reflect the regime’s fear of the MEK, including
- The Possessed, written by IRGC-affiliate Mina Shaulizadeh, who admits that it’s a work of fiction that uses a quote from Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei where he complains about being thought of as an executioner as inspiration
- The wronged 80s book, which is designed to flip the narrative of Iran in the 1980s, as if the Resistance’s fight for democracy was the cause of the struggles, rather than the mullahs’ dictatorship
- The Portentous, which tries and fails to justify the massacre of 30,000 political prisoners in 1988, even admitting that they were political prisoners
- Iran’s history after the Islamic Revolution, which was edited by the IRGC’s first commander Javad Mansouri
In order to avoid these sort of biased books, Iranians and Westerners alike should boycott literature from the Islamic Revolution Document Centre, Ghadr-e Velayat Publications, Astan-e Quds Razavi, the Islamic Development Organization, the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, the IRGC Publications Centre, and the Islamic Revolutionary Prosecutor’s Office.
The regime spends a great deal of money on this each year, even though the Iranian people are impoverished; something the regime is happy to blame on sanctions, rather than wasted money. But how many anti-MEK books have been published? 538 between 1979 and 2020, with an average of 12 per year between 1979 and 2016, rising to 19 per year between 2016 and 2020.
Why spend all this money? Why ban MEK literature? Why make possession of MEK literature punishable by death? Why threaten dissidents with torture and death? Why try to bomb MEK gatherings in Europe?
Because support for the MEK is rising among the Iranian people and the world at large. This is thanks to an international effort to move the MEK from Iraq, where the regime’s proxies attacked them every day, to safety in Albania. MEK is a lot more effective when they don’t have to worry about being bombed every day.
This has led to increased protests, particularly by young people and women, which has terrified the regime, so to combat their weakness, they increased their demonization of the MEK. They want to tarnish the MEK’s image to the rest of the world, with the hope that the international community will continue appeasing the regime, justify its anti-MEK terrorism, and prevent Iranians from joining the MEK.