VOA: Iran Trying to Intimidate With Ban on Media Contact


Voice of America
January 5, 2010

The head of U.S.-funded Voice of America says Iran’s government is hoping to intimidate its citizens by banning contact with some 60 outside organizations such as VOA and the BBC.

[efoods]Danforth Austin says he hopes Iranians who believe in the right to free speech will continue to communicate with VOA, so other Iranians and people around the world will see what he calls the “repressive turn of events” in Iran.

He says it is a shame that Iranian officials fear the thoughts and words of their own people.

Iranian media have quoted the country’s deputy intelligence minister for foreign affairs as saying the banned groups played a role in inciting post-election violence.

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