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.
Raha will be commercial free, he says. It'll be all propaganda, all the time. He wants it to pose "a major challenge to the Iranian government."
Former Iranian deputy minister for Islamic Orientation, Ali Asghar Ramezanpoor, was recruited to manage Raha. Earlier he worked for BBC Persian Television. He honed his propaganda skills there.
Other involved anti-Iranian expats include Medrdad Khonsari. He also served under the Shah. Journalist Reza Nurizadeh is a militant regime opponent.
Jahanshahi claims he'll provide viewers with "news and analysis they can trust." Isn't that what all propagandists say?
RT said launching an anti-Iranian channel in Britain after banishing Press TV and 18 other state broadcasters "brought calls of British hypocrisy."
Author/journalist Afshin Rattansi said UK authorities are "glad to welcome a propaganda channel run by the one percentage, while no one in Iran - even those who oppose Ahmadinejad" will support Raha.
After banishing 19 Iranian broadcasters, Eutelsat disgracefully added Raha to its satellite lineup. So much for truth and full disclosure. Only EU-approved propaganda is welcome. Other broadcasters need not apply.
On October 26, Press TV headlined "Raha TV aired in London a 'Western tool' to divide Iran," saying:
"The global media war on Iran has been raging ever since the revolution succeeded in 1979."
"Persian media outlets in the West, such as BBC Persia and Voice of America, have led an anti-Iran agenda. And now, it's the turn of Raha TV, a new Anti-Iran channel which began broadcasting from London on Thursday."
On Israeli TV, Jahanshahi said "victory over Palestine" is assured if the Islamic Republic falls. He endorses sanctions and other ways to topple it.
Most Iranians oppose what he stands for. Press TV asked, "How much funding (does) Raha" get from Washington, Britain and Israel? Bet on plenty perhaps to keep it operating and widely disseminated.
So far, propaganda wars substitute for hot ones. For how long is at issue. Disturbing events suggest something may be brewing not yet official. In days, US elections will be held. All bets are off on what follows. Anything could happen anytime.
Washington has menacing regional military forces. Israel is ready to go to war jointly with America. Britain perhaps is less eager, or maybe timing is on Downing Street's mind, not policy.