Sam Ghandchiسام قندچي Why Setareh Derakhshesh was a bad Choice for a VOA Director
Sam Ghandchi
چرا ستاره درخشش انتخاب بدی برای مدیریت صدای آمریکا بود



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
March 14, 2017


1. لجن پراکنی به ستاره درخشش نقد صدای آمریکا نیست


2. بازهم درباره شایعات علیه افراد حقیقی


3. New VOA Director, but for a Wrong Reason
مدیر جدید برای صدای آمریکا اما به دلیلی غلط


4. Obama's Failure with Iranian People
قصور اوباما در ارتباط با مردم ایران


Obama's final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits


5. A Question from CNN about Trump vs Obama
سؤالی از سی ان ان درباره ترامپ در مقایسه با اوباما


6. Bottom line, Islamic Republic Must Go 
اصل بحث این است که جمهوری اسلامی باید برود


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