Sam Ghandchiسام قندچيWhy Setareh Derakhshesh was a bad Choice for a VOA Director
Sam Ghandchi
http://www.ghandchi.com/1347-setareh-derakhshesh-english.htm
چرا ستاره درخشش انتخاب بدی برای مدیریت صدای آمریکا بود
http://www.ghandchi.com/1347-setareh-derakhshesh.htm

Let me first emphasize that I do not approve smear campaigns against Setareh Derakhsheh and clearly have stated my disapproval of such attacks two years ago on June 22, 2015 (1) and again clarified more a day later (2).

 

Currently Voice of America is considering a change in management (3). The reality of VOA Persian Service under the Obama Administration is a known fact (4). Many issues with the press of Obama era could be said as well about CNN (5). But VOA had a role in US foreign policy which was discussed from the viewpoint of real journalists all those years and fell on deaf ears (6).

 

Assigning an Iranian to the position of VOA Director was a good decision because it gave the assurance that someone who understands Iran's situation at a personal level is at the helm but unfortunately Ms. Derakhshesh's knowledge of Iranian political reality and opposition is superficial and she heavily relies on advisers behind the scene whose political biases are not even transparent.

 

VOA needs a director who thoroughly understands Iranian politics and opposition, clearly sides with Western style democracy and his or her views are transparent and known to the public, regardless of what political leaning that individual may have. Such an individual can function much better than someone like Setareh Derakhshesh. It is time to replace Ms. Setareh Derakhshesh before more damage is done to VOA broadcasting for Iran.

Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
IRANSCOPE
http://www.ghandchi.com
http://www.iranscope.com
March 14, 2017

Footnotes:

1. لجن پراکنی به ستاره درخشش نقد صدای آمریکا نیست
http://www.ghandchi.com/944-setareh-derakhshesh.htm

 

2. بازهم درباره شایعات علیه افراد حقیقی
http://www.ghandchi.com/945-shaayeaat.htm

 

3. New VOA Director, but for a Wrong Reason
http://www.ghandchi.com/1312-voa-new-director-english.htm
مدیر جدید برای صدای آمریکا اما به دلیلی غلط
http://www.ghandchi.com/1312-voa-new-director.htm

 

4. Obama's Failure with Iranian People
http://www.ghandchi.com/1276-obama-iranians-english.htm
قصور اوباما در ارتباط با مردم ایران
http://www.ghandchi.com/1276-obama-iranians.htm

 

Obama's final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits
https://www.yahoo.com/news/obamas-final-us-spent-36-million-records-lawsuits-075149807--politics.html

 

5. A Question from CNN about Trump vs Obama
http://www.ghandchi.com/1321-cnn-trump-obama-english.htm
سؤالی از سی ان ان درباره ترامپ در مقایسه با اوباما
http://www.ghandchi.com/1321-cnn-trump-obama.htm

 

6. Bottom line, Islamic Republic Must Go
http://www.ghandchi.com/1251-iri-must-go-english.htm 
اصل بحث این است که جمهوری اسلامی باید برود
http://www.ghandchi.com/1251-iri-must-go.htm

 


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