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[Personal information has been redacted.]

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


[Newspaper:] Atash

[Date:] 14 Esfand 1357 [5 March 1979]

[Issue No.:] 16


…This week, we had two letters from the South, both with the same script, same style of writing, and composition that was mostly comments in blue ballpoint pen between the lines of one letter, and where some remarks were written on the margins in red pen and black ink. In these two letters, one was signed as the patriot combatant and the other one [was signed] as a student of science and literature.

In a letter to Engineer Hasan Ramzi Ataei, the brother of Ataei from the Navy, the famous and mighty thief points out and describes how he has managed to make the case vanish and become free from the prison, by paying bribes [illegible] despite stealing billions, and describes how he has become the mayor of Mahshahr and also a member of the parliament. And in another letter he describes the conditions of attaining to the position within the Chemical Factory of Shahpour, which has also requested the prosecution of its managers —that he is even from the perverse Baha’i sect (he has misspelled the word perverse!) He has requested an investigation of the abuses made by Ahmad Talebi Dezfuli “Kousha”, who reached a managerial position, after [having started with] the job of removing screws.

We bring to the attention of this dear friend who has sent us the letters, and remind him, first of all, my dear, please write your letters in a legible manner. Secondly, do not sign [letters] that are written in the same style of writing, script and composition with different names and signatures; and thirdly, while you are condemning [others] and asking that your letter be published in the newspaper, you should have the courage to sign your letters. Of course, if he so wishes, his signature will be reserved, as it is a common practice.