US Congress Can Fix or Close VOA
کنگره آمریکا می تواند صدای آمریکا را درست کند یا تعطیل کند
I used to support the continuation of VOA Persian Service because I believe in the Charter of Voice of America which dates back to the time of anti-fascist war and have written about it a lot, but I have now come to the conclusion that after all the protests of Iranian diaspora about the management of VOA Persian (1), if US Congress is unable to fix it, best just to eliminate it and use the funds to help Iranian opposition. It is not hard to see what forces in Iranian opposition are promoting democratic values and offer objective news and are really making an impact in Iran and among Iranians, which was the purpose of the VOA Charter from start.
In this age of the Internet, it is easy to accurately measure the impact of
various Iranian media using advanced Internet tools that show the facts and are
not just empty claims. I personally have been publishing
Iranscope portal, news and articles using
my personal time and money and my impact can be measured in comparison to VOA
with its more than $75 million budget by any unbiased Internet measurement and
the results can be announced. The same can be said about many other
Iranian-American Persian news media.
US Congress can provide financial grants for such real work to those who
are actually doing it, in line of what US Congress wants to help, i.e. promoting
democracy in Iran.
Hoping for a democratic and secular futurist republic in Iran,
Sam Ghandchi, Editor/Publisher
September 27, 2017