‘Opposition media arm of British spy organisation’ says Iran’s Intelligence Ministry

Sites accused of ‘treason’

Iran’s Intelligence Ministry has accused the Green Voice of Freedom and a number of other Persian-language media outlets of being part of network set up by British intelligence.

In its third statement after the government’s rounding up of journalists working for pro-reform publications, the Intelligence Ministry said that opposition websites such as the Green Voice of Freedom were tied to a “psychological” war waged by British intelligence. Tuesday’s statement claimed that “new and credible evidence” showed that The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was now managing “a number of radio and television networks, as well as anti-revolutionary websites linked with elements from 2009 sedition who have fled” the country.

“Sedition,” is the Iranian regime’s epithet for the opposition Green Movement.

The Intelligence Ministry also named opposition sites such as Kaleme, Jaras, Mellimazhabi, Norooz, Rooz, Gozar, Khodnevis and Saham news as media outlets that form a “network” tied closely to the BBC. The list also included the Persian service of Radio France Internationale (RFI), Deutsche Welle (DW), Radio Farda, The Voice of America (VOA) and Manoto, an entertainment channel.

Organisations such as the Iran Media Program, Reporters Without Borders, the International Association of Iranian Journalists and Mianeh School of Journalism were labelled as “anti-revolutionary”.

Sixteen journalists were arrested in late January as part of the regime’s recent crackdown on journalists. The Intelligence Ministry’s latest statement notes that since then, more journalists have been summoned and questioned about their alleged links with the so-called “British government spy organisation.”

The ministry statement went on to add, “The relationship between the heads of the network and foreign intelligence agencies, as well as their acts of treason against the people and the detained individuals is such that some of the identified members of the network have requested that their information and experiences with this network be retold and published so that it would serve as a warning to others.”

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