[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[Excerpt translation of the sections of the article that relate to the Baha’i Faith]


[Newspaper:] Kayhan

[Date:] Wednesday 13 Mordad 1361 - 14 [13] Shawwal 1402 - [4 August 1982]

[Issue No.:] 11643


Hojjatol-Islam Olya, Head of the Political – Ideological Department of ETKA[1][Company]

ETKA Organization Offers Valuable Awards to Professionals.

Professionals have become more persistent in applying inventions

Mashhad – Kayhan reporter

In an exclusive interview with Kayhan, Hojjatol-Islam Olya, Head of the Political – Ideological Department of the ETKA organization, made some comments about the use of professionals in combating Baha’ism within the ETKA administration.

…Hojjatol-Islam Olya added:

Another important issue was the continuing existence of Baha’ism inside the ETKA organization.  In the first place, ETKA’s environment had to be cleansed of these “Anti God” individuals whom we must severely confront.  It should be mentioned that in the former regime, the Baha’is who held 18 jobs in various sectors including in ETKA, had started spreading propaganda. This affected the productivity and distribution mode of the organization and caused a struggle for dominance between Eastern and Western colonialism [agents] and the sects.  They were purged and we are still in the process of cleansing the [organisation].  Among the employees at ‘ETKA’, we found Baha’i employees [in a wide range of positions] either as shepherds or as chemistry and physics specialists. Thank God, we were able to dismiss all of them and bring ETKA out of that crisis…


[1] [Acronym: Army Logistics Office]