[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:] Ettehad-e Melli

[Date:] 9 Khordad 1334 [31 May 1955]

[Issue No.:] 368

 

Maintain the Reputation of the Country Abroad

What is Being Advertised about Iran in London and Paris?

How Much Information Do Our Ambassadors Have?

It is up to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to try to protect the country’s reputation abroad. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs should inform the ambassadors of the details of the country’s events, so that they can both communicate the most credible information to the press and prevent misinformation.  In order to know what is the reflection of the Iranian news abroad and how much information our ambassadors have, we publish the following description here, which was received by airmail from Paris, during the last minutes of yesterday, and we hope that it will be carefully considered.

Following is the information received:

Various news is received from Tehran. The broadcasts of Tehran Radio and the religious sermons that took place, and then the occupation of the Baha’i Centre, had a great impact in Europe and the Iranian-affiliated circles. Usually, in such circumstances, everyone refers to the Iranian embassies to receive the news. But isn’t it surprising and regrettable that the embassies are more uninformed than anyone else?

The same issue of the fight against the Baha’is and the occupation of the Haziratu’l-Quds that has been manifested as a religious war was interpreted in different ways in Europe, but I observed that the embassies did not have enough information to inform the representatives of the local press about the facts of the case and possibly prevent malicious propaganda against Iran…...