Trafficking Anti-Iranian Propaganda
Spreading hate and lies.
by Stephen Lendman
American media scoundrels honed it to an art form. Britain's BBC and commercial media regularly feature it. So does a newly licensed anti-Iranian TV channel. More on Raha TV below.
On US and UK television, truth is verboten. Last January, Britain banned Press TV broadcasts. In a disturbing move without valid reasons, the British Office of Communications (Ofcom) pulled the plug disgracefully.
For months it threatened to do so. In January, Press TV was removed from the Sky Platform. High UK officials approved it. Prime Minister David Cameron perhaps had final say.
In October, EU nations followed suit and then some. They lawlessly blocked 19 Iranian television and radio stations. European satellite provider Eutelsat sold its soul. It went along. It agreed to silence them across Europe. Doing so violated its own charter.
Banishing Iranian broadcasters is clear irresponsible censorship. Doing so suppressed truth. European television viewers were deprived of real news, information, commentary and analysis.
Fortunately, they have other options. They can still follow Press TV easily online 24-hours a day.
UK viewers have more propaganda polluting their airwaves. On October 25, Russia Today (rt.com) headlined "EU hypocrisy? Anti-Tehran channel launches in London amid ban on Iranian state TV," saying:
Britain's latest propaganda channel "comes just over a week after 19 state-run Iranian TV and radio stations were banned in the EU."
Raha's founder, Amir Hossein Jahanshahi, is an Iran expat billionaire businessman. He's a venture capitalist and property developer. He accumulated much of his wealth in Spain and France. He likely got it the old-fashioned way. Behind every fortune is a great crime.
About a decade ago, he became politically active. His father was Shah Reza Pahlavi's finance minister.
He told RT he wants to "decapitate the current regime." UK authorities granted him public airwaves space to spread anti-Iranian hate across Britain. Eutelsat carries him on satellite to pollute all 27-member EU states.
He founded Iran's so-called "Green Movement." Following Iran's June 2009 elections, protests and clashes erupted. Washington very likely was involved. So was Jahanshahi. He's pro-Western. He wants Iran's government toppled for his own self-interest. Tehran accused him of sedition.
He claims he's financing Raha entirely on his own. Perhaps he can do it, but don't bet UK and other Western interests aren't involved.