Too Much Disinformation About the (PMOI / MEK Iran) is Prevalent
Last week, Iran’s democratic resistance movement was lucky to win in court a case against a media outlet that had continually repeated false allegations concerning the Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) Iran’s key opposition. All the lies and misinformation were intended to harm the MEK and its partner the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Hamburg Regional Court decision
It was the Hamburg Regional Court that demanded that the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeiner Zeitung erase three separate claims it had made in its digital edition that violated journalistic standards.
These 2challenges against FAZ and Der Spiegel revealed the sources of information that the two media outlets used in their articles There was proof that they came from #Iran’s #MOIS about the #PMOI #MEK to discredit it. https://t.co/t2dWemOqif #Iranian #FreeIran2020 @USAdarFarsi
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) July 2, 2020
Penalties could be as much as 250,000 Euros for each false claim published and the paper would also be responsible for paying court fees. The challenge was successful because it was accompanied by NCRI and MEK documents that illustrated that the sources used in the published articles lacked any credibility. This decision made about FAZ was similar to one around fifteen months ago filed against German news magazine Der Spiegel.
These sorts of allegations have been prevalent in many reports written in news media in the last few years both in Iran and outside. Every time one is published it was instantly republished by state media in Iran and the news distorted.
By: Alejo Vidal-Quadras
Last week, Iran’s democratic Resistance movement won its latest victory in court against a media outlet that had chosen to repeat false allegations against Iran’s main opposition organization, the MEK.https://t.co/ysmAOtgJ6m
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 1, 2020
There was an event that occurred last year involving a BBC reporter, Linda Pressly, who was at the time researching a story about the MEK’s new compound in Albania. The MEK warned her of the likelihood of the information not being presented fairly by the regime.
“An international group of the NCRI’s political supporters pointed out that it should have been obvious to the BBC that sources used in that report had been compromised, given that they were being monitored by Albanian authorities at the time.”
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) June 29, 2020
The previous year Iranian operatives had been involved in a plot to attack the MEK compound. In June 2018 a similar plot was uncovered by European authorities where there were plans to attack an international gathering outside Paris organized by the NCRI. In addition, two Iranians were indicted that same year in a US court for spying and the complaint filed against them mentioned that their activities had been focused on preparing attacks on the MEK.
All these terrorist plots in 2018 were mainly as a result of large-scale protests taking place in Iran. It got to the point that Khamenei and other key authorities have over and over again named the MEK as a real threat to the theocratic dictatorship so it was important to stop their actions as they were a threat to the regime.
A lot of the news articles written about the MEK have been formulated by the regime’s so-called “friendly journalists’’ who will report on anything that if not revealed could be detrimental to the regime.
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— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 2, 2020
There is no news article that could possibly downplay the fact that uprisings are on the rise in Iran and the main stand is for the regime to leave their positions as it is unpopular and needs to be replaced by a truly democratic alternative.