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[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:] Rouh-e Azadi

[Date:] 21 Khordad 1334 [12 June 1955]

[Issue No.:] 124

 

Notice and correction to a piece of news

Vahemeh Newspaper, on social issues, has chosen the extreme path on both sides. Perhaps due to accusations against its writers, it is written that “The number of Baha’is in Tehran [is] 40,000, in Iran it is estimated [at] 800,000; in Africa, 2,000,000 and in America 11,000,000 and around the world three million”. 

Vahemeh is confused in its unsubstantiated imaginations. According to a recent letter from the Baha’is with the signature of Major General Shoaie, the chairman of the Spiritual Assembly, and their secretary, [Mr.] Foroutan, to the Office of the Prime Minister and the Shah, the number of Baha’is in Tehran is not more than one thousand individuals [which has been provided by them] owing to their concern about the possibility of approval of the bill proposed by Mr. Safaie, representative from Qazvin, they have asked for leniency. A copy of that [letter] has reached our office. I don't know what these exaggerations are for.

Emadzadeh, Head Editor of Kherad Magazine