• Government Broadcasting,  Psychological Struggle,  Public Diplomacy

    Voice of the Mullahs? Not quite.

    In an unsigned editorial titled “Voice of the Mullahs“, The Washington Times charges the “Voice of America is becoming the Voice of the Islamic Republic of Iran.” The piece then cites two recent examples of the Voice of America’s Persian News Network giving “preferred treatment to pro-regime messages.” The individuals allegedly receiving this “preferred treatment” were Hooshang Amir-Ahmadi and Trita Parsi. The editorial closes with an incredible leap, declaring that …if VOA is telling Iranians struggling for freedom that resistance is futile, we hope Tehran keeps jamming it Somebody at The Washington Times is either confused or being mislead, or both. It would seem from the reading of this op-ed…

  • Government Broadcasting,  Public Diplomacy

    US efforts to enhance the free flow of information to Iran (Section 1264 report)

    Public Law 111-84, also known as the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), includes the VOICE Act which authorized $55 million for four efforts to “strengthen the ability of the Iranian people get access to news and information and overcome the electronic censorship and monitoring efforts of the Iranian regime.” Passed as part of the National Defense Authorization Act, these efforts remained authorized but not funded. Section 1264 of the NDAA required a report by the Administration to provide a detailed description of informational activities related to Iran. That report was released recently without fanfare. It is available here, posted on Google Docs as a 470kb PDF (reduced from the 3mb…