Saturday, September 26, 2009

Open letter to Peter Mezger, ARD (German Television) correspondent in Iran

Dear Mr. Mezger
We don’t know who felt worse on this years „Al-Quds-Day“ – the Iranian regime or you, as representative of the German media?
Everybody knows at the latest since the uprising after June 12 2009 that there is no free reporting from Iran. It was to be expected that you would only report about the protests on September 18 what the regime had allowed you. But this explains not everything. Because we really ask ourselves if you really were forced to announce the complete opposite of the truth. In the Tagesschau from September 18 (http://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/sendung/ts14752.html, ca. minute 9:20) you claim: “Also the Iranian opposition is for Palestine and against Israel”. This statement contradicts obviously the central slogan of the oppositional Iranians – “No to Gaza, no to Lebanon, my life is for Iran”, which is documented in many internet-videos (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eFi_sCKfLk&feature=player_embedded). To the hate-slogans of the regime „death to America, death to Israel“, which came out of the loudspeakers, the people responded with “death to Russia” and “death to China” (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_meg5DkifnE), thereby expressing their enmity against all who support Ahmadinejad and Khamenei. When banners with the face of the Lebanese leader of Islamists Nasrallah were shown, people shouted “down with the dictator” (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cfYnX5YaboM). Banners supporting the „struggle of Palestine“ were torn down by the crowd (e.g. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzt4zOYatvY).
You will say that it is hard – especially under the conditions of the Islamic dictatorship – to get a full overview of the events on that day in Iran. But it was known before that the regime was quivering with that day and that the revolutionary guards threatened to crack down with full force on people who oppose the anti-Israeli slogans of the regime. The regime press already took up the above cited sentence “not Gaza…” and claims, it was spread by “Zionists”.
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