The article published by the Guardian is full of errors and is basically a piece of propaganda.
Struan Stevenson, former member of European Parliament and coordinator of Campaign for Iran Change, wrote to the editor of the publication, advising that Merat’s allegations “are lifted directly from the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and their hysterical efforts to demonize the PMOI”.
Stevenson said: “I am dismayed that the Guardian should pay lip-service to such absurd and disgraceful fabrications, propagated by a pariah regime that is widely recognised as a sponsor of international terror. Indeed, the recent arrest of Iranian agents in Europe and America, (including, according to Arron Merat, an ‘unnamed Iranian diplomat’), who were planning assassinations and terror attacks on members of the Iranian opposition, are evidence of this regime’s malign intentions.
In fact, the diplomat was named almost immediately as Assadollah Assadeh, a leading MOIS agent, posing as a member of the diplomatic staff in the Iranian Embassy in Vienna. He had allegedly handed over a bomb to two other Iranian agents with instructions that they should attack the PMOI/MEK rally taking place in Paris in June, attended by renowned politicians like Rudy Giulliani and Newt Gingrich.”
The Iranian regime has spent a fortune trying to smear the name of the PMOI, quite simply because it views the group as a major threat to its existence. The PMOI has support all over the world, but most importantly inside Iran. There is such widespread support – in all provinces – for the group that the people have been risking arrest, imprisonment, torture and even their lives to make sure the regime knows that they want regime change and that they put their trust in the PMOI to guide them through this.
Paulo Casaca, a former Member of the European Parliament and co-President of the ‘Friends of a Free Iran’ group that operates within the European Parliament, also wrote a letter to the Guardian’s editor. He said: “There is not a single accusation or libel within the whole piece which was not propagated before by one of the countless propaganda vehicles of the Iranian regime – though in this case presented, in pure plagiarism, as first-hand work by ‘The Guardian’. Mr ‘Arron Merat’, who signed the piece, has been propagating these materials for a long time in his twitter account, which he made private just before publishing the article.”
Casaca also highlighted that the Guardian has acted as the “mouthpiece for the Iranian theocracy” on a number of other occasions, citing articles in which Masoud Khodabandeh, a notorious agent of Iran’s secret services, had been quoted insulting the opposition.
The Guardian’s piece lacks what one would imagine to be the most basic of journalistic requirements – objectiveness, fairness and research. Not only has the newspaper let down its readers, but it has also completely discredited itself.