Voice for Liberty
The Iranian people have, for the past three decades, endured unspeakable torture, massacres, imprisonment, and economic disasters, all of which have been brought about by the ruling tyrannical regime. The world remembers how young Iranians rose up in 2009 to demand regime change, but were brutally murdered or injured by the regime’s forces on the streets and in the prisons of Tehran and other cities. The clerical regime’s abysmal human rights record has been strongly denounced over 55 times by various United Nations bodies. Not a day goes by in Iran without someone being executed, tortured, murdered or imprisoned for political reasons. Iran under the mullahs is the biggest executor of people per capita and the foremost executor of children. It is also the world’s biggest prison of journalists, according to human rights bodies. Through their vast censorship campaign, the Iranian rulers try their utmost to keep genuine information from getting out of and into Iran.
But the tide of the mullahs’ destruction surpasses the boundaries of Iran. The regime’s nuclear program and its growing terrorist threats have targeted people all over the world. Terrorist attacks from Azerbaijan to Thailand to India and African countries have been linked to the regime’s terrorist entities. Meanwhile, Iranian regime proxies have left a trail of blood and destruction in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, killing thousands of innocent civilians. It was recently revealed the regime’s terrorism tentacles have even reached the shores of the United States, with their agents planning to assassinate foreign ambassadors and to explode bombs in the heart of Washington, D.C.
Iranian rulers continue their mad dash towards a nuclear bomb in order to resist the growing waves of popular opposition to their rule. They badly need a bomb as a guarantor of their regime’s illegitimate survival. If the regime were to obtain a nuclear weapon, it would spell disaster both for the prospects of democracy in Iran as well as for world peace and security.
In this context, Iran’s democratic opposition holds the key for the establishment of a peaceful, free and non-nuclear Iran that stands diametrically opposed to the current regime. Over 3,200 brave Iranians reside in Camp Liberty in Iraq, seeking democratic change in their country. They have been subjected to numerous attacks and have endured two brutal massacres by the regime and its Iraqi proxies, in the course of which over 49 have died and hundreds have been injured. The residents of Camp Liberty, 1,000 of them women, and a third of them former political prisoners, are an inspiration to Iranian youth and women seeking democratic change.
These courageous activists and the oppressed nation of Iran need to be heard. Information about them should not be dictated by a tyrannical system seeking to subjugate them for eternity. To this end, seminars, conferences and workshops will be organized and a wide range of publications will be utilized to get the message out.
Most tellingly, the Iranian regime shows profound animosity and trepidation towards the opposition satellite TV channel, Iranian National Television or “Simay-e Azadi” (www.iranntv.com). INTV broadcasts the message of hope and freedom for the Iranian people and also presents the Iranian people with accurate and extensive information not only about the regime’s misdeeds, but also about the support people in other parts of the world have voiced for the Iranian people. INTV regularly reports on the extensive publications and international conferences that educate about democracy and let the Iranian people know that they are not alone in their struggle for democracy. They present the image of an alternative Iran, which is free, economically prosperous, at peace with its neighbors and non-nuclear. Many prominent lawmakers, human rights activists, religious leaders, and internationally known political and cultural personalities speak at these events held around the world.
This explains why the regime has considerably expanded its efforts to jam the signals of the popular satellite TV channel to prevent it from being watched in Iranian living rooms. In this light, it is critical that all of us join hands and do whatever necessary to keep the free flow of information in and out of Iran by enabling and assisting what has now emerged as the most objective and impartial source of news and information about Iran.
Please help to:
- Purchase satellite time to educate the world about Iran’s threats
- Enable the Iranians to inform the free world of their will for a democratic change in Iran
- Provide the Iranian youth with the tools to disseminate news about the dictators in Iran
- Organizing symposiums, briefings and conventions to give voice to Iranian dissidents
Support for Simay-e Azadi Satellite Television network
”…I remember when I was about 7 years old, we watched INTV in Iran, in Tehran. INTV was at that time only 2 hours, from 21:00 to 23:00 in the evening. Me, my brother and my parents tried every day to finish our work before that time so that we could watch the programs. Of course we covered our satellite dish, otherwise the Iranian regime could find out and my parents could be arrested. We loved INTV because the Mullahs had made Iran into a big prison. When you find any hope out of this prison, it is everything for you and the INTV which is the vision of freedom and the Iranian resistance and the hope of people of Iran is playing that role….”, Siavosh Rajizadeh is a law student and a human rights activist in the Netherlands
The US Foundation for Liberty is seeking funding for its Voice for Liberty project. The project goal is to fund the growth of Simay-e Azadi (Image of Liberty) by assisting in securing operating support.
The Iranian people have, for the past three decades, endured unspeakable torture, repression, imprisonment, and economic calamity, all of which have been brought about by the ruling theocracy. This regime’s systematic censorship of the media inside Iran has created a serious need of the Iranian people to access outside news sources. Simay-e Azadi Television was established to respond to this need. Simay-e Azadi serves as a trusted news outlet both inside and outside the country. Its operations rely on the help of hundreds of volunteers around the world, mostly intellectuals, writers, artists, journalists, and activists trying to act as a bridge and conduit for awareness. Simay-e Azadi is funded by donations not advertising. The principle funding vehicle is telethons held thee to four times per year. While these telethons have proven to be great funding opportunities, there is a tremendous need to expand viewership within the country. Simay-e Azadi desires to become a reliable, popular, and credible source, giving voice to the aspirations and dreams of Iranians everywhere.
The extensive number of news reports and programs from inside Iran and the exiled community reflects the TV network’s rapid pace of growth and popularity. Thousands of reports and letters regularly received by Simay-e Azadi show that Iranians have embraced it as their most reliable source for information. This campaign is an effort to continue to build on the previous successes of Simay-e Azadi and expand viewership within Iran as well as across the world.
The objective of the Voice for Liberty through Simay-e Azadi is to provide a truthful media outlet in order to foster a democratic Iran that respects the human rights of all. The purpose of this request is to assist in funding the broadcast portion of Simay-e Azadi. This network’s goals are:
- Fund educational broadcasts internationally to reach the Iranian public;
- Broadcast documentary films marking events of worldwide magnitude, which are otherwise unavailable to the Iranian public, such as International Holocaust Remembrance Day;
- Facilitate programs to promote democracy, human rights, and a secular non-nuclear republic in Iran;
- Help connect those Iranians who are striving to achieve a democratic, secular, non-nuclear republic in Iran;
- Help Iranian political refugees keep informed;
- Provide coverage to educational events, i.e., symposiums, conferences, and briefings;
- Organize broadcasts to educate the public in the United States;
- Prepare documentaries on research studies, and publish reports highlighting the dangers posed by the Iranian regime, and the opportunities existing within the Iranian society;
Considering the importance of Simay-e Azadi in keeping the Iranian people informed of events outside Iran and, at the same time, in providing otherwise unavailable news and reports about developments inside Iran to the outside world, one of the major programs of the U.S. Foundation for Liberty and Human Rights is called “Voice of Liberty.” By making Simay-e Azadi one of its major campaigns, USF Liberty seeks to help this independent satellite channel sustain itself, improve the quality and the diversity of its programing and expand its reach to every citizen in Iran.
Simay-e Azadi (Iranntv.com) was founded in 1996 by exiled Iranian members of parliament, scholars, and intellectuals wishing to establish a democratic, secular and non-nuclear republic in Iran. Its website daily page viewers are about 40,000 and some of the clips on YouTube have more than 1.5 million hits. Simay-e Azadi’s mission has expanded to promote gender equality, support for peace in the Middle East, a no nuclear weapons and a no terrorism policy. Simay-e Azadi satellite channel has a large viewership of expatriates estimated at four million. There is great risk from being a viewer within Iran as the regime will confiscate satellite dishes when discovered and fine or imprison the owner.
Even with this risk there is an estimated viewership within Iran of 10 million. Indeed, Iranian authorities have expressed grave concern at the impact of Iranntv on Iranian families, especially among the youth. Ali Darabi, the Deputy Director of Iran’s Radio and Television Broadcasting, IRIB, told the semi-official ISNA News Agency on November 14, 2009, “Today, in view of the fact that 40 percent of people have access to various types of satellite networks, it can be said that a majority of our people have the same level of access as the elites do.” He added, “The enemy is no longer investing in the military arena. It has redirected major investment into media warfare through satellite networks… Some of these media outlets that have penetrated a majority of Iranian households include Simay-e Azadi [Iranntv]…”