[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM Persian]

 

[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]

 

[Newspaper:] Ajang

[Date:] 20 Shahrivar 1334 [12 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 18

 

An Analysis of the Government’s Action About the Baha’is

 

-What did the foreign press write about the Baha’is that was censored?

-Why was poignarding banned this year?

-What happened that the clergy reduced the severity of persecution of the Baha’is?

-A well-informed government official said that Iran’s international reputation was in danger.

There has been no significant news about the Baha’is among the foreign press that has reached Tehran this week. And it is rumoured that some of these news magazines or the newspapers that have had some news, have already been monitored and some of their pages have been cut out before their publication. And apparently since their content, to a certain degree, was unpleasant and its publication inappropriate, they found it necessary to censor it.

On the other hand, the Baha’is of Iran, while they themselves will finally be informed of the current developments, refuse in principle, according to their instructions, to contact the magazines and newspapers, especially because of the recent events that have made them very dissatisfied and upset...

Contact with the clergy

The first step taken by the government in this regard was to contact the country’s top clerics and enlighten their minds about the international issues and the world’s current affairs. Obviously, these friendly contacts and negotiations finally caused a significant reduction in the intensity of the initial oppositions....

The next step of the government was to completely prevent the speech of some preachers...

... An informed official told our correspondent about this: “The recent government measures to prevent any unrest, establish full order and prevent dissenting propaganda may have displeased some extremists; however, this increased Iran’s reputation and the government’s importance in many ways, and after some tragic events in recent months, it was considered to be a good success for the government.

The same official said that, if the government had taken this approach since the beginning, the matter would not have become so immense and it would not have become a problem for the government.

This good or bad minority is, after all, a number of people in this country, and if they are not going to be deported from our country en masse and have to live here, we should not talk about them so much and cause them problems. Rather, it is necessary to enter into negotiations with them through logic and reason.

There is now resentment among some bigots over recent propaganda.

Certainly, the Baha’is, who have suffered many persecutions, are very dissatisfied with these currents, and they have found the same hatred towards others.

It seems that some officials in charge of the country have recently noted the harm of this issue and have realised to what extent such currents may harm the unity of the country in these critical moments, and in a world where everyone is thinking of progress, development, and rapid steps for moving forward every day, it is really unfortunate that we keep ourselves busy with such trivial matters.