[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:] Sepid va Siah

[Date:] 16 Dey 1334 [7 January 1956]

[Issue No.:] 23

 

Mr. Anonymous…

Tehran – The issue of granting the operational rights and privileges of television in Tehran to Mr. Habib Sabet has surprised the experts. In fact, television has the same advertising effect and importance as the radio, and as far as Mr. Anonymous is aware, large and reputable companies such as Philips in the Netherlands and the French radio-television network had submitted interesting bids to the Iranian government for its installation. At least, the establishment of television should have been tendered so that the rights could have been granted to a company with the most economical bid. It is clear that Mr. Sabet’s main advantage in controlling the television would be to advertise goods such as Pepsi Cola, and cars such as Volkswagen and Studebaker, which he himself represents. Another extraordinary issue is how in the early days of Mr. Ala’s reign the government-run radio attacked a certain group, and now the National Television Corporation has been given to an individual from that same group!