Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي WSJ, Radio Farda, VOA, Iranian Journalism
Sam Ghandchi

وال استریت ژورنال، رادیو فردا، صدای آمریکا، ژورنالیسم ایرانی

An article has appeared in Wall Street Journal about the journalism of Radio Farda, i.e. the Persian service of RFL/RE -- Radio Liberty (1). What the article says about Radio Farda is also true about Voice of America Persian Service (2). And the issue is very simple. Typical journalist leaving Iran thinks of Persian language media abroad as if it is a branch office of a news agency in Tehran. They lack deep knowledge and experience of Iranian politics and opposition and even take pride in being non-political. Therefore they cannot create news stories to challenge Islamic Republic of Iran, which is the whole point of having Radio Farda or VOA Persian Service. What may qualify one to get a job in Iran as a journalist, or to work at a typical news media in the U.S., is a wrong set of skills for Persian News Service of VOA and Radio Farda. Unfortunately Obama's State Department did not understand this simple fact. Nicholas Burns who served both George Bush and Barack Obama was instrumental in hiring many Islamist Reformist journalists at Radio Farda and VOA Persian, individuals who hardly understand the whole political spectrum of Iran.

Hoping for a democratic and secular 
futurist republic in Iran,

Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
June 13, 2017


1. WSJ: In Iran, Radio Liberty Doesn’t Live Up to Its Name

2. VOA: Setareh Derakhshesh
صدای آمریکا: ستاره درخشش

VOA: Steve Redisch
صدای آمریکا: استیو ردیش



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