To: U.S. Congress
United States House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510
April 3rd, 2010
Honorable Members of US Congress
Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) are
international broadcasting services funded by US Government through
Broadcasting Board of Governors.
VOA and RFE/RL broadcast daily news and various programs worldwide
in many languages including Persian (Farsi). RFE/RL broadcasts in
Persian as Radio Farda.
We, the undersigned are:
1. Opposed to VOA and Radio Farda’s policy of censorship of Islamic Republic regime’s real opposition
2. Opposed to VOA and Radio Farda aiding Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI), in misleading the Iranian people.
The VOA Charter as published on their web site is as follows:
1. VOA will serve as a consistently reliable and authoritative source
of news. VOA news will be accurate, objective, and comprehensive.
2. VOA will represent America, not any single segment of American
society, and will therefore present a balanced and comprehensive
projection of significant American thought and institutions.
3. VOA will present the policies of the United States clearly and
effectively, and will also present responsible discussions and opinion
on these policies.
RFE/RL mission statement as published on their web site indicates:
“The mission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty is to promote
democratic values and institutions by disseminating factual information
From Central Europe to the Pacific, from the Baltic to the Black
Sea, from Russia to Central Asia to the Persian Gulf, countries are
struggling to overcome autocratic institutions, violations of human
rights, centralized economies, ethnic and religious hostilities,
regional conflicts, and controlled media.
Stability -- based on democracy and free-market economies --
throughout this region is essential to global peace. Based on the
conviction that the first requirement of democracy is a well informed
citizenry, and building on nearly a half century of surrogate
broadcasting to this region:
RFE/RL provides objective news, analysis, and discussion of domestic
and regional issues crucial to successful democratic and free-market
RFE/RL strengthens civil societies by projecting democratic values”.
VOA Persian Broadcasting and Radio Farda have violated their
charter and mission statement respectively by consistently broadcasting
subjective and censored news and programs.
• The news, opinions and discussions made on VOA and Radio Farda
are mainly in support of Islamic Republic regime and do not represent a
balanced view towards news and events related to Iran and US Policy
• VOA and Radio Farda guests and contributors are amongst Islamic
Republic Lobbyists in US and regime supporters - those whose goal is to
save Islamic Republic, by promoting various figure heads of the regime
as fabricated opposition leaders and saviors of Iran and Iranians. The
leaders and representatives of the Iranian society and various
political groups that are the real opposition to Islamic Republic are
rarely reported on or invited to participate in VOA and Radio Farda
• The current uprising, the continuous human right abuses in Iran,
the suppression, imprisonment and execution of Iranians go unnoticed in
VOA and Radio Farda or are not reported on in detail as to undermine
the real opposition movement in Iran that wants to put an end to
Islamic Republic and demands a democratic, free and secular Iran.
The regime in Iran censors and falsifies the news, shuts down and
blocks internet sites and monitors internet access in order to control
the news and information reaching its citizens – a trademark of all
Broadcasts by International media into Iran are the only source of
factual news and information for majority of Iranians. Iranians have a
right to know who the real opposition leaders and advocates of a regime
change in Iran are. Individuals who are for many years campaigning for
a free, secular and democratic Iran and represent their rights and
The broadcasts by VOA and Radio Farda are vivid evidence that they are
biased in their reporting; their policies are contradictory to
democratic values and they only promote those responsible for violation
of human rights and their supporters.
We are requesting from US Congress to:
1. Initiate an investigation into VOA and Radio Farda biased policies.
2. Enforce a fair and balanced broadcasting with an objective view of
events regarding Iran and demand engagement with the true forces of
opposition to current regime in Iran.
The fundamental question for honorable members of Congress is: “Is
Islamic Republic of Iran considered a rogue, violent, terrorist regime,
and an abuser of human rights that should not be tolerated or supported
by international community?”
We hope that US Congress would take action to support true forces
of opposition to current regime in Iran and take steps to implement
corrective measures in regard to VOA and Radio Farda.
Continuation of current policies of VOA and Radio Farda will leave no
choice for us as Iranian-Americans and/or supporters of People of Iran
and supporters of true forces of opposition to IRI regime to strongly
consider taking legal action against VOA and Radio Farda, and
ultimately US Government, for what we see as promoting violators of
human rights, condoning imprisonment, torture and execution of innocent
people and supporting a terrorist and tyrannical regime by these
Iranians advocating Freedom, Democracy, Secularism & Human Rights in Iran