[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:] Kayhan-e Havaei
[Date:] 28 Mehr 1372 [20 October 1993]
[Issue No.:] 1035
A Tajik publication declined to advertise for the Baha’is
Tajikistan – Kayhan-e Havaei reporter - 24 Mehr - 16 October —Following the repeated opposition of the people of Tajikistan to the publication of propaganda material for the perverse Baha’i sect in the “Literature and Industry” periodical, its editor-in-chief, revoking the contract that had already been signed, refused to publish material by this sect.
Earlier, Gol Nazar, the editor-in-chief of Literature and Industry, had entered into an agreement with the Baha’i missionaries in Tajikistan to publish Baha’i propaganda articles in exchange for money.
When Gol Nazar decided to also publish Baha’i articles in the Persian language appendix of its publication, Payvand, the editor-in-chief of Payvand, Birang Koohdafi, resigned from his position in protest.
In an interview with Kayhan-e Havaei in Tajikistan last week, Gol Nazar stated, “Due to the dissatisfaction of the readers of the periodical and the numerous phone calls and letters of protest in this regard, no further materials about the Baha’is will be published in the periodical from now on.”
He added, “We terminated our contract with its agents, due to the efforts of the Baha’i sect to prevent the advancement of Islam.” In the end, he stressed that the decision had nothing to do with his recent visit to Iran.
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