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Heard This Week - 07/14/2006

Heard in Iran This Week on Radio Farda:
The Widening Crisis in the Middle East

(Prague, Czech Republic -- July 14, 2006) Radio Farda is covering the widening crisis in the Middle East on a round-the-clock basis, expanding news programming and interrupting regular programs to provide listeners breaking news and analyses of developments. The station regularly broadcasts news twice an hour for a total of more than eight hours a day; as the situation merits, it has extended its 15 and 30-minute news segments.
Meanwhile, listeners to Radio Farda in Iran are tuning in for balanced, comprehensive coverage of the crisis:

>> Today's 30-minute evening magazine, heard in Tehran at 7:00PM, was expanded to include an additional 20 minutes of coverage of the crisis. The coverage included reports by Radio Farda broadcasters in Prague and Washington.

>> Radio Farda's Jerusalem correspondent is filing stories twice a day, reporting Israeli military operations in Gaza and Lebanon and statements by Israeli officials.

>> Radio Farda's Washington, D.C.-based journalists are focused on what U.S. government officials are saying in both Washington and at the United Nations in New York, as well as analyses by leading policy experts in the United States.

>> From RFE/RL's operations center in Prague, Radio Farda broadcasters are talking to Iranians in exile, getting their perspectives on events. Radio Farda also provides additional international perspective on the crisis, with original reporting from its own correspondents in Ankara, Moscow, New Delhi, Sydney, San Francisco and half a dozen European capitals.

>> Radio Farda's network of contributors inside Iran is keeping watch on domestic reaction to the developments in and around Israel, as increasingly the international finger is pointed at both Iran and Syria, the chief patron of Hamas in Gaza and Hizballah in Lebanon.

>> For regional news and updates on the crisis, Radio Farda draws on 24-hour reporting by RFE/RL's Central News operations in Prague, as well as its own staff in Washington and Prague. News segments broadcast today by Radio Farda include phone interviews with several Beirut residents on the mood in the city and how people are coping.

For more on these and other stories about Iran, please visit: -- Radio Farda's Persian-language website -- "Focus on Farda" bi-weekly review -- "RFE/RL Iran Report" weekly analysis -- RFE/RL English-language coverage of Iran

Radio Farda, a joint project of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) and
Voice of America (VOA), is a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service.
Produced in Washington, D.C. and Prague, Czech Republic and
transmitted to listeners via AM, shortwave and satellite,
Radio Farda features fresh news and information at least twice an hour,
with longer news programming in the morning and the evening.
Radio Farda also broadcasts popular Persian and Western music.

Radio Farda programming is also available via the Internet,
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