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Fearing Losing the Last Supporters Iran’s Regime Increased IRIB’s Budget

Iran regime’s financial investment in its media, with countless websites, satellite channels in several languages, newspapers, etc. shows us how serious and vital a powerful propaganda apparatus is for the regime’s existence.
Iran regime’s financial investment in its media, with countless websites, satellite channels in several languages, newspapers, etc. shows us how serious and vital a powerful propaganda apparatus is for the regime’s existence.

State propaganda is playing a major role in forming and diverting public opinion for the Iranian regime. Sometimes it is used as a tool for soft discouragement and sometimes it is used to portray a fictitious powerful regime.

The regime’s financial investment in its media, with countless websites, satellite channels in several languages, newspapers, etc. shows us how serious and vital a powerful propaganda apparatus is for the regime’s existence.

Across social media, the regime has several thousand fake accounts which they use to lurk for prey and brainwash them ideologically in favor of its political interests. The spread of disinformation has so far helped to overcome many obstacles from inciting a second war between the USA and the former Iraqi government, to the countless so far failed attempts to eliminate the regime’s main opposition and the craft of fake opposition groups.

The regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) and National Security are the ones responsible for building the structures and applying this psychological warfare and disinformation.

Too often, big social media platforms, such as Facebook and Twitter, have been forced to clean up their platforms from the disturbing and dangerous fake accounts and robots that were advertising the regime’s goals, mainly the export and expansion of the so-called revolution.

Many countries have even been forced to confess that the regime is manipulating their media and interfering with their internal affairs.

Following the nationwide protests that started in mid-September of 2022, the regime has now decided to boost the budget of the IRIB, the regime’s broadcasting service. This increase has come up to 42 percent compared to the past year.

Also, the budget of the Broadcasting Supervisory Council, which has a total of 8 members, has increased by 61 percent to a total of $325,000 for 2023. Within just 2 years, the budget of this council has more than doubled.

It is worth mentioning that out of 8 members of this council, 6 members were chosen by high-ranking regime officials and leaders. Mohammad Mehdi Esmaili and Mohammad Hossein Safar Harandi were chosen by the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi, Mohammad Mossadegh and Mohammad Javad Larijani were chosen by the head of the judiciary, and Seyyed Ehsan Ghazizadeh Hashemi and Bijan Nobaweh were chosen by the speaker of the parliament. The current head of this council is Mohammad Hossein Safar Harandi.

This knowledge has further provoked the people’s protests while the budget of many social institutions has been severely reduced. Despite this, it is beyond astonishing that the regime’s media is now questioning public opinion about why the people are frustrated about the increase in the budget of the Radio and Television institution.

The state-run Shargh daily claimed in a recent article that the regime’s “strong” and “popular” media is the countercharm to the plans of the enemy. Defending the budget increase, they added that if this amount of budget is not allocated to the institution, the antenna will face a serious decrease in quantity and quality of broadcasts and thus the IRIB will be unable to produce and broadcast “excellent” works.

The Shargh daily further stated that the parliament should not listen to the opponents and by approving the desired budget, it should “expand the conditions for the production of artistic and improve its works based on justice.”

This is even though the same daily claimed that there is nowhere in the world where radio and television channels broadcast advertisements do not receive funding from the government.

It is very natural for a media outlet that is only promoting the ideals and intentions of a theocratic regime to not be welcomed by the people. Those people will obviously boycott such media in the era of free communication. The only thing that is wasted here is the people’s wealth and capital in a situation where the population of those living below the poverty line is increasing rapidly.

Iran: Productivity Plan or Distributing Spoil?

The looting of the nation by Iran's regime has a long history.
The looting of the nation by Iran's regime has a long history.

The Iranian regime’s government has recently decided to implement a controversial plan called the ‘Productivity plan”. With this decision having been made to compensate for the regime’s budget deficit, through this plan the regime intends to sell the government’s surplus and stagnant properties worth millions of dollars.

In many developed countries around the world, efforts are being made to make government assets productive. The concept of making the government’s assets productive is to identify unused or low-productivity assets that have been abandoned and then selling them to the private sector to optimize them or make them productive again.

It should be noted that such assets are not worthless and, in many cases, waste and possess the value of highly productive properties such as natural oil, and they should be considered as a backup for the coming generations. This is something that has raised much skepticism because in Iran the people are not profiting from this decision at all.

The Supreme Economic Coordination Council of the Three Branches, which was founded by the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei in 2018, approved for a seven-member committee headed by Mohammad Mokhber, the regime’s vice president and the plenipotentiary representative of Khamenei, along with the ministers of Economy, Interior, Roads and Urban Development, program organization and two members of the parliament and the judiciary, to identify the government properties and hand them over to the regime’s mafia who then would deposit the money to the account of the same ministry or regime’s agencies.

These transfers include the property of ministries, big and small institutions, universities, state-owned companies, state-owned banks, credit institutions, state-owned insurance companies, the National Iranian Oil Company, the National Iranian Gas Company, the National Petrochemical Industries Company, and wherever other valuable property can be transferred and sold.

The shocking part of this decision is that all the board members of this decree enjoy judicial immunity. On January 8, the state-run Farhikhtegan daily wrote, “According to this decree, the members of the board are immune from any kind of prosecution regarding their decisions regarding this decree and the executors of the decisions of this board also enjoy the same immunity within the framework of the decisions made by the board.”

The looting of the nation by this regime has a long history. In 1992, the government of Rafsanjani rang the bell of the so-called ‘privatization project’. In the 2000s, Khamenei implemented a plan to expropriate state property by ordering the privatization of state-owned companies, which was later called ‘government privatization’, and allowed the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) to gain huge profits from it. One example of this was the handing over of the telecommunications company to the IRGC, with significant shares also given to the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order (EIKO). This trend is continuing to this day.

Since 2018, following the formation of the Supreme Economic Coordination Council of the Three Branches, the country’s economy has faced irreparable damage. A lot of resolutions to transfer the assets of the nation to the IRGC and the regime’s supporters are just a small part of the actions of this council.

On January 28, the state-run Shargh daily wrote, “Supporters of this council considered it temporary, but now it passed 1078 days that this council, contrary to Article 71 of the Constitution, has been legislating in various matters, especially economic issues, and debates.”

Many questions remain following this destructive decision. Is it less important how the properties are identified? Who is pricing the assets and with which qualification? To whom is it sold? What happens to the property after the sale? What will happen to the workers and employees of these sectors?

We are talking about billions in terms of the wealth of a nation where most of its people are living on the horizon or below the poverty line. This disaster is so scandalous that Ali Nikzad, a member of the regime’s parliament, said, “Criticisms against this plan should not be raised from the public forum.”

On January 29, quoting another MP, the state-run Mardom Salari daily wrote, “It is not possible for the heads of the branches to approve whatever they want, ignoring 290 representatives and the Guardian Council. How can we look into the eyes of 86 million Iranians and remain silent?”

Blacklist IRGC, for the Role of Its Intelligence Organization in Suppressing Journalists

One of the most infamous and brutal organizations is the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
One of the most infamous and brutal organizations is the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).

The Iranian regime’s structure of a military, totalitarian, authoritarian, and theocratic dictatorship possesses many oppressive apparatuses to control and suppress the ever-growing fury and conflict within Iranian society.

One of the most infamous and brutal organizations is the Intelligence Organization of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). It was established in 2009 as one of the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s initiatives after the nationwide protests to the fraud election at the time.

The organization is as powerful as the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS,) and possibly even more so than the other services. It is more active domestically.

Prior to 2009, the IRGC’s intelligence branch had around 2,000 personnel. After 2009, the regime expanded this division, which is responsible for gathering and analyzing information in the broader Muslim world and targeting its opposition groups and individuals. This security division within the IRGC reports directly to Khamenei’s personal office.

This article is merely examining the role of the IRGC Intelligence Organization in suppressing journalists and social activists. In the early years of its activities, the IRGC Intelligence Organization acted against and suppressed national-religious activists, such as Ezzatollah Sahabi, and members of the Freedom Movement of Iran. The second wave of attacks was on political and civil activists in 2002.

During this year, a wide range of political activists was arrested and imprisoned in the 2-Alef ward at Evin Prison, which the IRGC heavily controls. Student activists and bloggers were also among the inmates. The third wave of arrests came around the time of the 2009 elections. For the past 15 years, the IRGC has continued its role as one of the main organizations in repression.

In 2015, in line with expanding the powers of the IRGC Intelligence Organization, this organization was introduced as the judicial police force, under Article 29 of the Criminal Procedure Code, without being approved by the regime’s parliament.

The Judicial Commission of the parliament then changed Article 190 which states that ‘initial investigations of the accused without the presence of a lawyer are not valid’. This also was not approved by the parliament and became effective immediately. This gave this organization free rein to implement its inhuman ambitions in a bid to protect the regime.

In the years after the implementation of this law, many journalists, social and political activists, and opponents of the regime were arrested, tortured, jailed, arbitrarily killed, forcibly disappeared, and even executed. One such victim is Navid Afkari who was executed following the 2019 protests.

The role of the IRGC intelligence organization in the murders of Kavus Seyed Emami, Mohammad Raji, Sina Qanbari, and Vahid Heydari; in the execution of political prisoners, like Zaniar Moradi, Loqman Moradi, and Ramin Hossein Panahi; or in the torture of Ali Younesi and Amir Hossein Moradi, is blatantly obvious.

This organization has also raided the homes of many reporters and journalists, confiscating their belongings especially, communication devices, such as their mobile phones, laptops, and computers.

Victims such as Yasman Khalegian, Maziar Khosravi, Mouloud Hajizadeh, Yaghma Fashkhami, Mona Mafi, Ehsan Badaghi, Yashar Soltani, Mohammad Mosaed, Shabnam Nezami are among the journalists whom the IRGC Intelligence Organization played a major role in arresting and suppressing.

In recent years, many other people have been repressed and tortured by the IRGC Intelligence Organization, including Arash Sadeghi, Sohail Arabi, Atena Daemi, Golrokh Iraei, Zainab Jalalian, Maryam Akbari Monfared, Hashem Khastar, Soha Mortezaei, along with countless other political, social, and economic activists as the role of the IRGC intelligence organization has expanded due to popular protests.

Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the deputy coordinator of the IRGC, stated in 2019, “It’s been about three years since the intelligence of the IRGC has been out of military mode.” At the time, this acknowledgment showed new dimensions of the IRGC’s role in suppressing political and social activists.

In a report published on October 14, 2022, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) wrote that “with 41 journalists in prison, Iran is now the world’s third biggest jailer of journalists.”

In a recent article, they stated that “since the beginning of 2023, authorities have so far arrested eight journalists and photographers due to their journalistic activities.”

Disabled People, Victims of Iran Regime’s Corrupt Economy

How can a disabled person continue to live with this amount of inflation and economic pressure? In the long run, these pressures will only cause or worsen mental and psychological damage for these people.
How can a disabled person continue to live with this amount of inflation and economic pressure? In the long run, these pressures will only cause or worsen mental and psychological damage for these people.

At present, the Iranian regime’s media outlets have been reporting that the economic and living conditions of disabled people in Iran are worsening. With no disparity between those people living in big cities and those who live in villages, all are being equally affected.

A few years ago, many families caring for disabled relatives complained about their difficulties to buy fish and were forced to remove it from their food baskets. The situation is so dire that they cannot even afford red meat, chicken, rice, or fruit.

More so than healthy people, it is often vital for people with disabilities to have access to and consume suitable and nutritious food as part of their treatment for their conditions.

It is also obvious that these people must have access to medicine, rehabilitation, sanitary equipment, etc.

Thanks to the country’s severe poverty levels, none of these necessities can be easily accessed, and the regime’s current budget for these people is worsening the situation.

The price of disability aids, such as wheelchairs or hearing aids, has increased several times since last year, and to add insult to injury the regime has decided to remove the budget for the Protection of the Rights of the Disabled from next year’s budget bill.

With this shocking revelation, the regime’s media has been forced to say that “now we can boldly say that we are facing a perfect example of budget discrimination against people with disabilities.”

Just over three years ago, in Iran’s annual budget law, it was approved that a percentage of the income from the cost of mobile text messages and driving offenses would be spent on helping disabled citizens.

While it was said that this amount was supposed to be provided from the people’s pockets until today not a single rial has been spent for the benefit of the disabled.

Due to the lack of rule of law and its implementation, no regime official has given a clear and convincing answer in this regard as to where the thousands of billions of rials provided from the people’s pockets have been spent.

Some of the regime’s media have reported that this amount is approximately around 600 trillion rials from the increase in SMS fees alone.

By removing the budget for the disabled, the regime is conveying the message to disabled people that they are not important and effective people in society, so they should not complain about this discrimination.

Considering the absolute poverty line in Iran, which is about 150 million rials ($335), and due to various discriminations at the hands of the regime, many of the disabled people in society are heads of their families and are unemployed, and as a result of a lack of income, they and their relatives often suffer from malnutrition and develop many medical problems.

How can a disabled person continue to live with this amount of inflation and economic pressure? In the long run, these pressures will only cause or worsen mental and psychological damage for these people.

Currently, around 1.2 million people with disabilities are looking for a job, and it must be clearly said that the regime’s welfare organization has not taken any specialized and efficient action to support them in gaining employment and empowering them.

In another crushing blow, according to the regime’s statistics, the monthly cost of sanitary supplies for a disabled person is 38 million rials, which the regime has now decided to withdraw their support for and instead only give each person 3 million rials to fund these supplies.

After 5 Months of Protests, It’s Time for EU To End Relations With Iran’s Regime

The Iranian people are continuing their fight for freedom, despite the brutal crackdowns at the hands of the Iranian regime’s forces. 
The Iranian people are continuing their fight for freedom, despite the brutal crackdowns at the hands of the Iranian regime’s forces. 

In Iran, the arrests and trials of ‘dissident’ demonstrators are not decreasing. The Iranian regime’s plan to quell the unrest cannot and will not stifle the protests. Resorting to executions, which are taking place in the early hours of the morning, just after the call to morning prayers, the regime is desperate to regain control over the country. 

Four protesters have been executed since early December, with the most recent taking place last weekend – all of whom were young men who the regime had accused of injuring or killing members of the Basij forces. Human rights organizations have spoken of sham trials, far from the basic principles of the rule of law, which these men and many other protesters have been subjected to. 

Lists are circulating online with the names of protesters that have been sentenced to or threatened with the death penalty. On social media, activists and politicians from various European countries are mediating political sponsorships for death row prisoners. More than 250 politicians have now taken on such a sponsorship.  

The protests erupted in September 2022 following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini, who was arrested for wearing her headscarf too loosely, an act which is considered a holy crime in Iran according to the regime’s fabricated dress code for women.  

In the months following, many violent and loud protests in Iran have found their way into everyday life for many Iranians. A lot of anger has built up in society, especially over the past few years. 

Every day across the country, people take to the streets, mainly young women and men, to stand up empty-handed to the armed henchmen of the Islamic theocracy, who act against them with extreme brutality, as they demand the overthrow of the theocracy. It seems they are not afraid anymore. 

What drives these people to risk their lives to fight against the regime? It is no longer about compulsory headscarves, nor is it just about discrimination against women. The aim of the uprising is far broader. It is about human dignity, about the guaranteed rights of individuals.  

The protests are directed against a regime hypocritically bullying the Iranian people in the name of God for 43 years. The forced hijab, which women demonstratively opposed it, is a symbol against all kinds of oppression, discrimination, and humiliation, not only of women but also of young people, ethnic and religious minorities, and those who think differently. 

The regime has resorted to using brutal violence and executions against the people in their demonstrations for freedom. A fruitless effort as nothing will help, the theocracy’s days are numbered. 

During the latest developments, European politicians have again been discussing sanctions against Iran. Above all, the pressure will be increased on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) – the elite military unit that is both an economic empire and the guardian of everything that happens in the regime. 

Opposition groups and activists are demanding that the IRGC be classified as a terrorist organization in Europe, just as the United States has already done. The previous sanctions imposed by the EU against Iran and the appeals to the regime in Tehran to stop violence against its own people do not bother the rulers in Tehran. Far tougher action must be taken without interfering in what is happening in Iran. After all, it is the Iranian people’s decision how to end this regime. 

The Iranian people and their resistance have posed several questions to the international community: Why is the regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei, who bears the main responsibility for everything that happens in Iran, not on the EU terrorist list? And why doesn’t the EU classify the IRGC as a terrorist organization?  

The protests so far have severely cracked the framework of the theocracy, exposed the hypocritical, corrupt men who hide behind turbans and cloaks and have even created divisions within the ranks of the regime’s supporters.  

A return to the times before the uprising is hardly conceivable at this stage. The social division is too great, and the dissatisfaction among the population, which has been suffering from the economic crisis, catastrophic environmental pollution, corruption, censorship, and arbitrariness for years, is beyond fixable. 

Therefore, it’s time for the EU to change its mind, close all the doors to the regime, express its support to the people and start the full isolation of this regime, and put the IRGC on the EU terrorist list.  

Birth Certificates a Tool To Suppress Iran’s Minorities

Iran's minorities are facing severe hardships, including poverty, and poor access to minimum and important livelihood services. The regime is even depriving them of a healthy environment to live in and raise their families.
Iran's minorities are facing severe hardships, including poverty, and poor access to minimum and important livelihood services. The regime is even depriving them of a healthy environment to live in and raise their families.

The Iranian regime is increasing its pressure on ethnic minorities. Over the past 5 months, since a new round of protests started, Iran’s Baluch and Kurdish citizens are facing some of the worst attacks and violations.

This repression is being mainly implemented by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and the Basij forces. Iran has several minority groups who are mostly based in the provinces near the country’s borders. Iranian Arabs live close to the border of Iraq, Kurds are living in the northwest, known as Iranian Kurdistan, and Baluchis are mostly based in the southeastern province of Sistan and Baluchestan.

The regime has an infamous history of ethnic grievances. This is further adding fuel to the country’s complexities and current critical situation. The regime’s harsh repression that has been enforced in regions such as Sistan & Baluchestan and Kurdistan is consistently targeted at the deprived people who are making a living by working as fuel and cargo porters. This suggests that the regime is already aware of the critical and explosive situation in these regions.

The regime has forbidden these ethnic groups from educating their children in their native languages and traditions. They are facing severe hardships, including poverty, and poor access to minimum and important livelihood services. The regime is even depriving them of a healthy environment to live in and raise their families.

At present, most of the regions where ethnic groups are based are dealing with catastrophic environmental situations. High air pollution and lack of drinking water are among the shortages. Under such dire circumstances, many of the people in these areas have been forced to leave their homelands and migrate to other parts of the country.

These people are experiencing higher rates of incarceration and execution and the regime often represses them with the excuse of being separatists.

The IRGC has been publicly referring to the arrested minorities in Sistan & Baluchestan as ‘unauthorized foreigners’, as they do not possess birth certificates, which has turned into a tool for harsher repression and discrimination.

This issue has been a long-standing problem in this province and there has been much news about this in the regime’s media, causing extreme difficulties for the people in this region.

On October 23, 2022, the state-run news agency ISNA reported that “according to statistics, about 15 to 20 percent of children in this region do not have birth certificates.”

Citizens of Sistan and Baluchistan province have suffered the most killings and tortures over the last five months of nationwide protests. For various reasons, including difficult access to the Internet, threats to security agencies, etc. news related to murders, arrests, and torture of many Baluch citizens, these events have not even been reported in the media.

Following the provinces of Tehran, Kermanshah, and West Azerbaijan, Sistan & Baluchistan have had the highest number of arrests and detentions since the beginning of the protests.

So far, the identities of 278 people arrested in Sistan & Baluchistan have been ascertained, of which 47 are children under the age of 18, 20 are students, and 4 are civil activists.

Of the 47 children arrested, three of them have been found to not have birth certificates. The high number of people without birth certificates in this province has made it very difficult to track the situation of these detainees. Without a paper trail to note the identity of these individuals, the regime is able to repress, torture, and execute the people in this region undetected.

Another downside is that people who are arrested without birth certificates, under the pretext of being non-Iranian, are facing the threat of deportation from the country. For example, a Baluch child named Khaled Baranzehi was arrested in December by the regime’s intelligence in Shirabad. The regime announced that Khaled will be soon deported to Afghanistan, despite his residing in Iran for his entire life and not having ties to that country. This is another crime that seems to be unmatched anywhere else in the world.

In connection with this issue, the intelligence services in Sistan and Baluchistan province announced in mid-January that 100 people were arrested in Zahedan, whom they referred to as ‘thugs, armed robbers, illegal migrants’, with the cooperation of the IRGC and the police.

Iran’s Revolution and the Regime’s Impasse

Iran people’s democratic revolution will continue to increase the crisis within the regime and will move forward to more radical ways and responses against them in their fight for freedom.
Iran people’s democratic revolution will continue to increase the crisis within the regime and will move forward to more radical ways and responses against them in their fight for freedom.

Over the past few weeks, the Iranian regime has desperately tried to bring an end to the protests across Iran, going as far as to rush executions for detained protesters.

Contrary to its expectations that such actions would cease ‘dissent’, when the regime announced a new round of executions, people from all walks of society stood alongside families of the death row protesters and gathered in front of Gohardasht prison to stop the regime’s cruel intention.

Despite all the regime’s threats, acts of repression, and the spread of fear, protests continue for a fifth consecutive week. During that time, protests have become more restive, and people are taking to the streets with any excuse.

The regime’s overthrow has become the nation’s main objective and the people’s unity is growing. Many people are taking part in the memorial ceremonies for the martyrs of the protests, visiting their tombs to pay their respect for their fallen heroes and heroines, and making a covenant to continue their way.

The slogans of the people are speaking by themselves about the real situation happening on the ground in Iran. ‘Death to the dictator’ and ‘Death to Khamenei’, referring to the regime’s supreme leader, have become the most chanted slogans.

Every night, people across the county are crying from the rooftops and balconies for freedom. They are grafting the goals and the desire of the Iranian people, uniting the struggle on the streets with those behind the bars. This has become a significant challenge for the regime.

On the other side of the scale, the regime is losing one of its main tools for repression, misogyny. Khamenei and the regime’s president Ebrahim Raisi were forced to retreat and ask their supporters for milder behavior while dealing with girls and women who are not adhering to the regime’s fabricated dress code.

The regime is being backed into a corner and this is only expanding the fear and gap between its supporters and repressive forces.

In addition, Khamenei was also forced to acknowledge the people’s critical economic situation. He said, “Yes, there is no doubt that we have an economic problem, there is no doubt that we have problems in the people’s livelihood.”

He then expressed his frustration and fear about the people’s reaction to their livelihood problems and the growing poverty, asking, “Can the economic problem be solved by burning the garbage can? Will it be solved by coming and rioting in the street?”

In response, the people have clearly responded to Khamenei’s silly questions while chanting, “Poverty, Corruption, High prices, we will move forward until overthrow.”

Khamenei was also forced to admit to his impasse in repression as he stated, “What can eliminate the temptation that affects a young person or teenager? Baton cannot solve the problem; explanation can solve that temptation.”

In an unprecedented confession, Khamenei was forced to admit the destructive effects of the Iran-Iraq war on the people, economy, and progression, despite his using it for many years as an excuse for repression. He said, “We could have been ahead of this, they committed a crime and imposed 8 years of war on us. Well, a country that concentrates all its forces for 8 years to defend the country, these forces could be used in construction, could advance the country, and could eradicate poverty.”

It should be noted that the regime’s founder, Ruhollah Khomeini, paved the way for this senseless war. Everyone knows that the Iraqi forces left Iran and returned behind the international borders in 1982, and the Iraqi government continuously announced its readiness for a ceasefire and peace, as did the international community. It was Khomeini who insisted on continuing the war until the last house was standing in Tehran.

The question now is which factor has changed the situation against the regime? The answer is simple. The five months of continuing protests.

All the regime’s efforts to stop them have failed so far. The people’s democratic revolution will continue to increase the crisis within the regime and will move forward to more radical ways and responses against them in their fight for freedom.

Amazing Telethon Supports the Image and Voice of Iran’s Revolution

Simay-e Azadi intends to canalize this widespread support into the formation of a global collective effort that is serving Iran’s national struggle for real democracy, a secular government, and a country that will live in peace with all neighboring countries.
Simay-e Azadi intends to canalize this widespread support into the formation of a global collective effort that is serving Iran’s national struggle for real democracy, a secular government, and a country that will live in peace with all neighboring countries.

Society in the 21st century runs on media and news, and many observers have noted the immense role and effect that social media, radio, and TV has in our world. These mediums have shaped our modern political world, but one of the main obstacles is distinguishing truth and real fact from fiction and fabrication.

This is where true independent media plays a major role. Iranian people painted one of the most inspiring images of resistance in 2022. For more than five months, they have been protesting the regime, but they have been greatly aware that the international and overseas Persian language media outlets are not playing their role.

These media outlets are defending the goals and benefits of other countries and world powers and do not care about the true political will of the Iranian people. It is painfully obvious that they are not helping the people to sweep the political obstacles from the path of the revolution. They are not aligned with the people’s main slogans. While millions of Iranians are suffering, these media outlets are serving their financial masters.

At the forefront of the truly independent media that reflects the people’s voice is Simay-e Azadi – INTV. Simay-e Azadi is the only truly national satellite TV of Iran, which is managed with the support of the Iranian people. and it is playing an important role in the Iranian people’s resistance.

Slowly but surely, it is undermining the power of lies and propaganda. Report by report, video by video, photo by photo, it is bringing the truth, knowledge, and awareness to those who have been deprived of it for so long and are revolting against the tyranny in Iran.

Through first-hand reports, critical analyses, thorough research, and revolutionary reflection, INTV has kept the people of Iran informed on the latest events in the context of the ongoing protests and the right political direction.

Their informed reports are reliant on the extensive work and sacrifice of brave people inside Iran who risk their lives to deliver the news about the people’s resistance and protests to the world. They introduce themselves in the videos mostly as the ‘reporters of the INTV’. They are the ‘news anchors’ on the frontline of the war against the regime.

This is why Iranian people, both from inside the country and abroad, are trusting this channel. They are funding it and supporting it with the little they have.  and according to their own words they are cutting their food, foregoing their birthday gifts, and the incomes of months of hard work to keep this voice thriving.

Simay-e Azadi intends to canalize this widespread support into the formation of a global collective effort that is serving Iran’s national struggle for real democracy, a secular government, and a country that will live in peace with all neighboring countries.

As the channel’s supporters have said, “This fundraising for INTV differed from all the past ones. Because it did not only support a TV channel but a major uprising and the Resistance Units who are leading it on every street and alley.”

People are supporting it because it has become the voice of allied generations that have been shouting for more than four decades, “We will not obey the oppressor”.

The general audience of this TV is made up from all walks of life, but the main audiences are those who are fighting for the overthrow of the Iranian regime and consider it as their main mission and responsibility.

Blacklisting of IRGC a Necessity for Iran’s Freedom

The IRGC is now the largest terrorist organization in the world. Its main goals are to defend the regime and its supreme leader and export the Islamic revolution abroad, mainly to neighboring countries, through terrorism and the expansion of any form of crime.
The IRGC is now the largest terrorist organization in the world. Its main goals are to defend the regime and its supreme leader and export the Islamic revolution abroad, mainly to neighboring countries, through terrorism and the expansion of any form of crime.

After years of delay, the European Union (EU) is finally moving forward with its plans to formally designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the Iranian regime’s main organization of terror, repression, and corruption, a terrorist organization.

Designating it as a terror organization will finally support and protect human rights in Iran and prevent further terror attacks around the world. The delay has had a grave impact on both the Iranian people and the international community who have suffered at the hands of the tyrannical regime over the last four decades.

On January 13, the French newspaper Le Monde wrote, “The European Union (EU) is moving closer to a decision. The 27 member states are considering putting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard on their list of terrorist groups at a time when the Iranian regime is increasing the number of death sentences and executions to suppress the current uprising.”

One of the main demands of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), the Iranian people’s resistance group, following the regime’s victory in the 1979 revolution was to change the structure of the Shah’s army. However, Ruhollah Khomeini, the founding father of the tyrannical regime, did not agree. By prevailing the structure of the army, he intended to implement his repressive and hawkishness, but this was not enough for him. Instead, he formed the IRGC to have broader control to speed up the regime’s goals.

The IRGC is now the largest terrorist organization in the world. Its main goals are to defend the regime and its supreme leader and export the Islamic revolution abroad, mainly to neighboring countries, through terrorism and the expansion of any form of crime.

In the four decades since the regime came to power, aided by its proxy forces mostly created and controlled by the Quds Force as the exterritorial force of the IRGC, the organization carried out dozens of terror attacks around the world and has started merciless wars in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Yemen, putting heavy pain on the people of these countries.

Shortly after the fall of the Shah, by killing the people in Turkmen Sahra, Kurdistan, and Khuzestan, the IRGC showed its loyalty to the new religious tyranny. Launching death squads against political and freedom-loving people and assassinating political opponents inside and outside the country are among the other records of the IRGC.

The footprints of this terror organization are visible in every crime, calamity, and crisis. From auctioning Iran’s national resources to smuggling basic goods which increases prices and causes inflation, both of which have impoverished the people.

The IRGC’s other misdeeds include monopolizing exports and imports to narcotics trade; seizing the country’s economy to the destruction of the private sector; the seat-of-the-pants construction of dams and drying up the country’s water resources to the destruction of forests and the destruction of agricultural lands and pastures for self-benefiting projects; money laundering to the acquisition of banks and stealing the capital of depositors in credit institutions, etc.

In the statute of this criminal organization, repressing protests is clearly stated as one of its duties. In that situation, they are obligated to do what the police are not able to do. They are given free rein to use any force and tool to suppress the protests.

Therefore, its dissolution is an urgent necessity for the freedom of the Iranian people. Placing this organization on the terrorist lists of foreign countries has been one of the long-standing goals of Iran’s resistance.

Its designation by the United States and Canada is also the result of thousands of hours of tiresome work by Iran’s Resistance in enlightening public opinion in the US and Europe.

The issue of the necessity of ‘dissolving the Revolutionary Guards’ was raised for the first time by the leader of Iran’s Resistance Massoud Rajavi on August 15, 2020. After this message, the liquidation of the Revolutionary Guards entered the political literature of the opposition and became a necessity and the main goal.

Article 2 of the President-elect of the NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran), Maryam Rajavi’s 10-point plan clearly highlights the need for the ‘liquidation of the Revolutionary Guards’ and other repressive institutions. It states, “Dissolution and disbanding of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the terrorist Qods Force, plainclothes groups, the unpopular Bassij, the Ministry of Intelligence, Council of the Cultural Revolution, and all suppressive patrols and institutions in cities, villages, schools, universities, offices, and factories.”

It is obvious that the regime will never disband the IRGC voluntarily. The regime’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei will never present freedom to the people of Iran on a golden plate. The only solution to get rid of this terror organization is regime change by the people of Iran and their organized resistance which is the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

Iran’s Universities, Victims of Regime Atrocity

Several University professors have been dismissed from their jobs by the Iranian regime for participating in protests across the country.
Several University professors have been dismissed from their jobs by the Iranian regime for participating in protests across the country.

Along with the inhuman sentences and the execution of the protestors, the Iranian regime has resorted to firing several university professors who had been identified to have participated in protests during the nationwide uprising. Hardly a day or week goes by without no news about the dismissal of professors or students from all corners of the country.

In the years following the 1979 revolution, one of the strongholds in society that were considered a threat against the new regime, founded by Ruhollah Khomeini, was Iran’s universities. With the newly formed regime feeling threatened by these establishments, in a coup-like action, a so-called ‘cultural revolution’ began in the universities. Initially, this revolution forced the universities to close, followed by the purging and expulsion of any professors and students who opposed the regime or were considered a threat to the regime’s existence.

When the universities were eventually reopened, the regime heavily controlled the universities with the help of its intelligence service, the MOIS, and the Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). All opposition was repressed, and many students, professors, and intellectuals become the victims of the regime’s brutal purge.

During Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s presidency, many professors were expelled from work without any reasonable reason. This period was one of the worst times in the history of Iran’s universities. This policy greatly echoes the current situation.

When Ebrahim Raisi’s government came to power in 2021, the regime once again began the purge and dismissal of professors in some universities, long before the current protests started. This clearly shows that the regime was aware of its main threat and had already begun to feel the rumblings of an erupting volcano.

In the latest round of dismissals, two of the professors of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Tehran were removed from work on false pretenses in the last two weeks. In the follow-up, and amidst the protests of the students, the involved institution did not give a clear reason for their dismissal, instead putting the blame on security issues.

Most academics and experts have considered these actions a result of a political and security view of the university, and they have warned about the harms of these encounters with university professors and students.

Saeed Moidfar, a sociologist and retired professor at Tehran University, spoke about the dismissal of professors from universities, especially the professors at Tehran University, stating that the university is no longer a scientific environment, but the playground of other factors which are determining its fate without any scientific criteria. As a result, these conditions are depleting the universities of their original and inherent values.

He added that the university was, and is, supposed to be an environment for professors and eminent academics to gain experience and research. Those at the top of their game are being expelled or suspended from the university, while other people are being allowed to enter the university without any scientific experience and the qualities to fit the criteria needed for such fields, which in turn is causing the university to lose its credit within the society.

With measly explanations being given and the policy of purging universities of capable and academically qualified professors, the regime is uprooting the country’s scientific society with dangerous consequences in the future.

This is not the only subject that is harming Iran’s academic society. On January 8, the state-run Jomhoori Eslami daily warned about the increasing brain drain, writing, “If this situation continues, we will become an unknown and isolated society like North Korea.” It added the dimension of this loss: “We have lost a lot of talents and forced them to migrate, and now this harmful process has an alarming acceleration.”

Discussing the regime’s enmity with the country’s academic society, which is ingrained in the regime’s medieval culture, the daily added, “One look at this issue is that someone recently said on one of the domestic television channels, let them go so that the country can be purified. Another point of view is that we should sanitize extreme thoughts and brains so as not to be the cause of brain drain.”

Jomhoori Eslami concluded their article by stating, “Unfortunately, the first view is the current way of the country and as long as this view rules the country, we will witness brain drain and if this situation continues, we will soon have a country that lacks the characteristics of a well-known society that can compete with today’s world, interact and not be isolated like North Korea.”

How MEK’s Diplomacy Has Succeeded for Decades

Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the MEK expressed their support for Iran people’s protests.
Freedom-loving Iranians and supporters of the MEK expressed their support for Iran people’s protests.

The Iranian regime’s supreme leader Ali Khamenei’s mouthpiece, Kayhan daily published an article on Sunday 25 December titled, “The USA has recognized the presidency of Maryam Rajavi.”

They wrote, “‘I want to begin by recognizing President-Elect Maryam Rajavi. Under her leadership, the National Council of Resistance of Iran is laying the groundwork for a free, sovereign, and democratic republic in Iran.’ This was part of Mike Pompeo’s speech at a bi-partisan conference on December 18 in Washington, D.C., which was held in solidarity with the Iranian people’s democratic revolution and their organized Resistance movement.

It appears that the Washington conference, organized by the Organization of Iranian American Communities (OIAC), has become a real nightmare for the Iranian regime, who are using every occasion and meeting to complain about it.

The regime’s media has also started broadcasting propaganda against the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK). The regime has been forced to address its main enemy, despite its will, while being fully aware that this will provoke heavy political costs for them. This unbelievable amount of fear was reflected by the state-run daily Mashregh News, which wrote seven articles and reports about the MEK in just one day.

The regime’s media are now warning each other about the consequences of this conference. The media coverage of this event has been put forward in such a way that it would seem to onlookers that a new president has already been chosen for Iran during this conference and that the US personalities, who support the Iranian resistance, have made this choice.

Interestingly, despite this level of attacks and the demonization of the MEK, Khamenei is still complaining about the regime’s propaganda apparatus and questioning why ‘they are not doing enough in these fields?’

The real question is, why is the regime reacting so aggressively to this conference and attacking the president-elect of the National Council Resistance of Iran (NCRI) Mrs. Maryam Rajavi?

This absurd reaction is due to two solid facts:

  1. The strategy of the Resistance Units has shown its efficiency in the nationwide uprising. Inspired by them, Iranian youths have matured into a great threat to the regime. Something that has become a permanent nightmare for Khamenei and his hopeless supporters.

Even though in the revolutionary conditions of Iran, any kind of propaganda and demonization against the MEK and Mrs. Maryam Rajavi will have the opposite result, they are showing the youths the right way to confront the regime and are raising their interest to seek the truth and history of the MEK.

  1. The creation of fake oppositions by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence has failed and it has been forced to admit the role of the democratic alternative of the NCRI, the 10-point plan of Mrs. Maryam Rajavi, the MEK, and their organization as leaders and promoters of changes.

On one hand, the regime’s propaganda apparatus is trying to promote that the US government is behind the protests and the demise of the regime. While on the other hand, by tying the MEK to the US, it is trying to mobilize the inner circle of the regime forces and wake them up to defend the regime.

This was reflected in the people’s slogans during recent protests. Protesters were heard chanting, “Our enemy is within the country; they lie it is America.”

It should be noted that the support by US dignitaries and friends of the Resistance is due to the progress of the MEK’s hard-gained honest diplomacy that has been carried out over the past four decades. The MEK has paid the price of this diplomacy with their blood and their unbelievable sacrifice, which is considered exceptional in Iran’s history.

Meanwhile, the policy of appeasement and support to this regime is still acting in U.S. and Europe. Mrs. Maryam Rajavi openly criticized this policy in her speech at the Washington conference, stating, “Unfortunately, the US diplomacy is trying to observe Khamenei’s red lines by adopting double standards. In its media approach, the US blames the regime’s repression, expresses mild sympathy with part of the protests, and pays no price for such stances. In practical policy, however, they try to reach an agreement.”

She added, “The time has come for western governments to end this policy and listen to the voice of the Iranian people and resistance, who have kept the flame of resistance for freedom alight for four decades by paying the heaviest price.”

History will never forget that the appeasement policy took a heavy price from the Iranian people and their Resistance. Including the June 17, 2003, raid in which the French government arrested Mrs. Rajavi and members of the Iranian resistance residing in France in a shameful deal with the Iranian regime which was later totally ruled out by the courts.

Or when before the 2003 U.S.-led war in Iraq, the PMOI (MEK) publicly declared neutrality and played no part in the conflict. In the early part of the invasion, but because of the quid pro quo between Washington and Tehran, PMOI (MEK) bases were repeatedly bombed by Coalition forces, inflicting dozens of casualties and enormous structural damage.

ISJ: Iran Democratic Revolution – Correct EU Policy

ISJ Press Conference on Iran Democratic Revolution - Correct EU Policy
ISJ Press Conference on Iran Democratic Revolution - Correct EU Policy

Today, the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) in a press conference at the Brussels Press Club, introduced a book entitled “Iran Democratic Revolution – Correct EU Policy” and spoke about the conditions of Iran’s revolution, its prospects, the regime’s malign activities and the solution for a democratic and secular Iran.

The book explains the difficult situation in Iran. Dr. Behrouz Pouyan an assistant university professor and a political analyst in Tehran wrote under his pseudonym for security reasons and guides the reader through the current situation in Iran.

Then prominent figures such as Ambassador J. Kenneth Blackwell, Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, Struan Stevenson, and Robert Torricelli, each clarified parts of the situation in Iran.

They wrote about the regime’s repression, discuss the issue of unity among opposition forces, and political alternatives to the current regime, and expose the regime’s tactics of coercion, terrorism, disinformation, and political manipulation.

And finally, they discuss the international community’s role and duty toward the ongoing protests in Iran and the right policies facing this cruel and inhuman regime.

Iran Democratic Revolution – Correct EU Policy. A news conference at the Brussels Press Club:

Opening the press conference Mr. Paulo Casaca, a Former Member of the EU Parliament spoke about the regime’s cruelty and the recent executions and said: “These executions are blatant. There were no free trials. There was brutal torture and forced confessions.”

He criticized the weak reaction of the EU countries and the US government and added: “In reaction to these executions, the EU and the US issued condemnations. Are these condemnations sufficient? Should not the EU entirely blacklist the IRGC as a terrorist organization?

“Shouldn’t we immediately expel the regime’s ambassadors and secret service agents affiliated with the regime’s terrorist activities? Shouldn’t we impose more severe sanctions on the regime?”

Then Ms. Ingrid Betancourt, a Former Colombian Senator and 2022, Presidential candidate, spoke about the important role of Iranian women and their courage in the fight against the regime.

Betancourt elaborates: “This is a revolution. This is not an ongoing protest of the Iranian people about how to dress. This is the first revolution in the world conducted by women. Many years ago, a woman said that women’s rights are human rights. This is obvious, but we seem to forget that women are human beings, especially in Iran.

“In the world, we had never seen such a misogynistic regime such as the one ruling Iran. We have seen glimpses of it, but in this systematic form of abusing power against women, we haven’t seen it.”

Then she criticized the weak reaction of the Western countries and added: “It should be something that we care about here in the West. I’m offended by the lack of action by our governments toward what is happening in Iran. They just summoned the ambassadors and expressed their outrage. We want more.

“They should start by calling back our ambassadors from Iran. And then we must shut down the regime’s embassies in our countries. We want our government to give an official backup to Maryam Rajavi. There are many people, but only one organization that can take over, and it is the NCRI.”

The next speaker Mr. Alejo Vidal0-Quadras, Former Vice-President of the European Parliament spoke about a true alternative and its characteristics and certain features and said:

“If we want to replace this regime with a democracy, we need to have an alternative that is credible and substantial. It must be an Iranian alternative. This alternative must have a solid organization and structure. It must have a network of members and supporters inside and outside Iran.

“An alternative must have wide support inside the country and internationally. This popular support must be general. The alternative must have a face, a clear leadership that we must all recognize and accept. The alternative must have a plan of action. The leadership must have proof that it has the capacity, strength, and charisma.

“The alternative must be pluralistic. It must include all political tendencies, religious beliefs, and the entire society. The alternative should ensure that the dictatorship will be replaced with a democracy. No Shah, no theocracy.”

Finally, he conclude that the only real solution to the situation in Iran is the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran and the National Resistance Council of Iran (NCRI) and added: “My conclusion after many years of cooperation with the NCRI and MEK is that, with all respect to all organizations and movements, if there is one organization that has the characteristics of an alternative able to lead the transition from dictatorship to democracy it is the NCRI led by Maryam Rajavi.”

The final speaker Mr. Struan Stevenson, a Former Member of the European Parliament spoke about the regime’s terrorism, malign and destructive activities, and its demonization policies, especially against the MEK, and said:

“The regime has tried its utmost to annihilate the MEK. Having failed in their ability to annihilate the MEK, they began a campaign of vilification and demonization.

“The regime identified journalists in the West as soft targets and used them to spread their ludicrous propaganda against the MEK and NCRI.

“Now this campaign moves into top gear with the regime calling the MEK an Islamist Marxist group. I’m a conservative, Paolo’s a socialist. We have supporters from all views across the world supporting the MEK.

“Over the past 40 years, the MEK has been the first and only serious opposition to the regime. The mullahs have trotted out a cyber-attack.

“There should be no impunity for those responsible for these atrocities. They must be held to account for these crimes. We call on the US, EU, and all democratic countries to take practical steps to stop these executions in Iran.

“If we remain silent, it will lead to more executions. Words are not enough. We need hard actions. We must withdraw our ambassadors from Tehran, close our embassies, shut down the regime’s embassies and expel their agents. That’s when we can start helping establish democracy in Iran.”