24 November 2007

Levity: The Wacky World of Iranian Media

The poster of the Ayatollah means these gals mean business!

A friend sent these pictures to me, and the tag on the bottom of the first one is FARS News Agency. Check out its wikipedia entry here, where it bills itself to "promote the principles of the Islamic Revolution and safeguard national interests". I'm not sure how old these pictures are, but it's a bizarre look into the public diplomacy campaign Iran is running to portray itself as a good guy. To counter Ahmadinejad's holocaust denial, Iranian TV has been running a TV show depicting a Persian do-gooder saving a Jewish woman from the death camps during WWII. I guess these pics above are to counter Iran's widely documented abuse towards women, but it's kind of hard to tell. Even though I'm a frequent critic of American media, at least it's not completely nutty like Iran or North Korea.


AgouraHillsObserver said...

You should look into what you're posting a little more than just looking at the brand on some photos.

This isn't a press release of any sort; these are images taken from a news segment of FARS that showed the recruitment and training of new female police officers in Tehran in 2005. The full video is on youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOBLSmiSDFQ&feature=related.

Also, the series about the Iranians helping a Jewish family during the Holocaust is based on true events, where hundreds of Jews were rescued by Iranian officials who claimed they were part of a tribe indigenous to Iran. Also, it reflects the fact that there is little popular anti-Semitism in Iran, only anti-Zionism. (see this BBC article: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/5367892.stm)

If you have any other doubts on "wacky" Iranian media, please don't hesitate to ask me.

Thank you!


LT Nixon said...


Thanks for the tip, I knew it was from FARS, but did not know the time frame or context. I am not disputing that Persians helped rescue a Jewish family. However, I will strongly dispute Mr. Ahmadinejad who said that the holocaust needed to be "investigated" at a speech in September, because this implies that one of civilization's greatest tragedies never happened. I just find it strange that the theocracy in charge of the Iranian state-run media conveys these messages of tolerance, but speaks a much different tune. Thanks for your post, and I see from your blog that you are in Los Angeles. Great town! I lived there for 5 wonderful years. Is Club Red still around?