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[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Website:] Shia News

http://www.shia-news.com/fa/print/12072

[Date:] 1-11-1387 [20 January 2009] – 4:21PM

News Code: 12072

 

Baha’i Propaganda in Government-Supported Newspaper

West Tehran Retirement Center objects to the publication of an advertisement by “Khorshid” Newspaper promoting the Baha’i temple in India.

According to a report from “Shia News” quoting Fararoo [website], in a statement, faxed to Fararoo the above Association protested against this matter stating:  In its issue number 79 dated 22/10 [11 January] (in the Khorshid Bazaar annex), while introducing vacation tours to India, Khorshid Newspaper, which is published using the budget and facilities of labourers and insured members of the Social Services Department, has published an image of the World Baha’i temple in India (Mashriq al-Adhkar).

The statement further adds that:  Prior to this incident, some media outlets had published materials promoting this British-linked sect for tourists traveling to India, and officials had also given the necessary warnings to the tourists; however, while the Ministry of [Islamic] Guidance has issued a warning to Hamshahri Newspaper for its interview with a singer from the period of Tághut[1] pointing out that promotion of internal and external perverse and anti-Islamic groups in any form is not allowed, it is surprising that such an overt action in the promotion of a perverse sect has elicited only questionable silence from the Ministry of [Islamic] Guidance.

It is noteworthy that Hamshahri Newspaper has received a written warning from the General Office of the Domestic Press and News Agencies for its publication of an interview with Daryoush Eghbal.  Hamshahri’s interview with Daryoush Eghbali was about ways to help youth overcome drug addiction.

 

 

 

[1] [A symbol of tyranny, symbolically referring to the Pahlavi king as a tyrant]