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Heard This Week - 01/31/2008

Heard This Week in Iran
on Radio Farda

Radio Farda Debates Impact of Vetting on Upcoming Parliamentary Elections...

January 26 -- Tehran University professor Sadegh Zibakalam, Georgetown University professor Mehrdad Mashayekhi and former Iranian Interior Ministry elections office official Sorajedin Mirdamadi debated the Iranian government's vetting of parliamentary candidates on Radio Farda's weekly roundtable "Viewpoints" [audio in Persian]. Two days earlier, journalist Isa Saharkhiz told Radio Farda that almost one third of the candidates have been disqualified, including "current members of parliament" [audio in Persian].

...Covers Student Unrest That Turns Violent...

January 29 -- A student told Radio Farda [text in Persian] that several of his colleagues at Tehran University have disappeared; it is unclear whether they had been arrested following three nights of protests by 1,000-1,500 students over low-quality food and poor facilities on campus [text in Persian]. Eighteen students were injured when security forces attacked the student protest that evening [text in Persian].

...Examines Closure of "Zanan" (Women) Monthly Journal...

January 30 -- A spokesman for Reporters Without Borders told Radio Farda that, in the Islamic Republic, the right to know is deemed a threat to national security after the closure of "Zanan" monthly [audio in Persian].

...Reveals Ongoing Detention of Baha'is...

January 26 -- A researcher for the European Foundation for Democracy told Radio Farda [text in Persian] that, as no charges have been filed against three Baha'i social workers detained in Shiraz (Fars Province), the only reason for their arrest seems to be their faith.

...Investigates Death Sentence for Journalism Student in Afghanistan

January 25 -- Radio Farda aired an interview with Arash Bikhoda [audio in Persian / article in English], an Iranian Internet journalist living in Europe whose article "The Koranic Verses That Discriminate Against Women" has landed journalism student Sayed Perwiz Kambakhsh on death row in Afghanistan.

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