[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

 

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

 

Donya [Newspaper]

Number: [illegible]

18/2/1358 [8 May 1979]

 

You and the Press

Daily Press Clip

Tehran: Sa’di Street, Sa’di Passage, P. O. Box 517

Telephone: 317766

 

Dismissal of Assistants and the Government Officials Accused of Being Baha’is

 

To date, most of the important government officials who were under suspicion of being Baha’is have lost their jobs.  Mr Saadat, Parliamentary Assistant for the Ministry of Tourism and Information, and Mr Malek Abhari (Engineer), Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director of the Telecommunications Company, are amongst those who were removed from their posts at the end of last year.

In the government of the Islamic Republic, only Muslims and those belonging to an officially recognised minority religion can occupy government jobs.  In years past, a few Baha’is and people outside of the Islamic religion had been elevated to positions of Minister or/and Deputy Minister.