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RFE Satire Show Wins Two 'New York Festivals' Radio Awards

Farshid Manafi at New York Festivals award ceremony. Farshid Manafi at New York Festivals award ceremony.
Farshid Manafi at New York Festivals award ceremony.
Farshid Manafi at New York Festivals award ceremony.
RFE's Persian Service, Radio Farda, has won two silver medals from the 2011 New York Festivals Radio Program & Promotion Awards, an annual competition recognizing excellence in international broadcasting.

"Pas Farda," the station's signature satire show, won in the categories for "Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program" and "Best Announcer Presentation." Host Farshid Manafi is the first Iranian radio personality to win an award in these categories.

Airing five nights per week in Iran, Manafi -- who is officially banned from the Iranian airwaves -- uses his show to skewer political and social mores inside Iran, providing a breath of fresh air in a media climate devoid of critical voices. Despite frequent jamming by Iranian authorities, the show is immensely popular and can generate hundreds of phone calls and comments with each broadcast.

"It is very difficult to produce satire for Iranians when you receive news of arrests, torture and executions of innocent people such as journalists, civil society activists and even young people and ordinary citizens whose aspiration is nothing more than freedom," said Manafi, as he dedicated his award to those Iranians killed following the 2009 elections. "These days, satire is unfortunately the reality of daily life in Iran. It is a bitter satire."

Now in its 54th year, this year's New York Festivals awards presented competition from top broadcasting organizations in 26 countries. Entries are judged by panels of international award winning industry professionals who are recognized as leaders in their respective fields.

The 2011 awards ceremony was held at Manhattan Penthouse on Monday evening  in New York City.

Updates from Radio Farda are available in English or Farsi, and you can follow breaking RFE news on Facebook and Twitter.

Farshid Manafi, host of Radio Farda's "Pas Farda" talk show, wins two New York Festivals awards for "Best Regularly Scheduled Talk Program" and "Best Announcer Presentation." Photo courtesy of New York Festivals.
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by: David from: USA
June 21, 2011 23:40
Farshid jaan,

Congratulations for the awards. You deserve it buddy. Keep up the good work.

One of your listeners :-)

by: Masoud Akabri from: Japan
June 22, 2011 07:39
Congratulation dear Farshid.
We proud of you.
Please continue. we love you.

by: Peyman from: Malaysia
June 22, 2011 12:02
Viiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiva Farshid,
You really deserve it and I think you are one of the best in your work.
We proud of you man.

by: Houtan from: Canada
June 22, 2011 13:39
I knew this day would come. you're absolutely great, you're doing a better job on the radio than most TV personalities, your message is clearer, funnier, and more distinct.
all the best and hpe to see more of these awards for you in the near future.

Cheers mate

by: Masoud from: Canada
June 22, 2011 18:17
Congratulations Farshid .

by: Avi from: Tehran
June 22, 2011 20:44
Congratulations, you really deserved it & we are proud of you. You're great!

by: Reza from: Tehran
June 23, 2011 13:33
You deserve it man. U r our voice, thx

by: Anonymous
June 27, 2011 01:48
you are awesome.

by: roshanak vahdani from: qatar
June 30, 2011 03:51
Brilliance has arrived!! or at least that is what I thought when I heard Farshid here about a year ago. In Farshid we have a mixture of very sharp intelligence, a keen eye on Iranian political and social issues and a very unique sense of humor and satire. I must say there is no one like him Iranian or otherwise!! Jay Lenno watch out for your job!!

by: sara from: U.S.A
July 16, 2011 16:22
Congratulations, a very well deserved award. The variety of topics and brilliant program execution is notable and keeps your listeners coming back for more. Best wishes to you and your colleagues at Radio Pasfarda!

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