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


[Newspaper:] Donya

[Date:] 18 Shahrivar 1334 [10 September 1955]

[Issue No.:] 375


The Text of an Important Article in the Times Newspaper, a Semi-official Organ of the

British Foreign Office, About the Baha’is of Iran

The Times article, which is an attack on the Iranian government, was broadcast in five languages on a London radio station by the British Broadcasting Corporation.

While the American newspapers have remained completely silent about the recent events in Iran, [in order] to determine the condition of the Baha’is, the British newspapers, especially the widely-circulated Times, the semi-official organ of the British Foreign Office, and the Daily Telegraph, the Conservative organ, have risen up in defence of the Baha’is and have regularly published articles on the Baha’i complaints to the United Nations.

The 30 August issue of the Times contained an important article, and we believe that our government should not leave it unanswered and consider such publications ineffective, because, as we mentioned, the Times is a semi-official organ of the British Foreign Office; its articles are not simple and it is a warning of danger.

The article in the Times newspaper, which was broadcast last Tuesday night on a London radio station in Persian, Arabic, English and French languages, is as follows:

“The Baha’i Community has once again called on the United Nations to take action against the Iranian government, which has denied them their freedom. The Iranian government now faces many problems which, if not resolved properly, will affect its destiny, including the fact that it cannot establish its influence outside the country.

“Iran is a religious country; its religious differences are very important, and the government may, as a result of their objections, dismiss the Baha’is from the government jobs. In any case, the Iranian government has explicitly stated that it hates the persecution and harassment of religious minorities, and if this persecution and restriction continues, it will inevitably become clear that the influence of the Iranian government has failed!!”

This was a translation of a part of the article of the Times newspaper, published in London, and according to the latest news, two days ago, a copy of the Times newspaper was brought to Tehran by Ali Soheili, Iran’s ambassador to the United Kingdom, to be studied by the government.