Iranian Regime’s Disinformation About the MEK Must Come to an End
The mullahs’ regime has now spent far too many years spreading disinformation throughout the world about the MEK, Iran’s democratic resistance movement. Unfortunately, it is not just the contempt the mullahs have had in relation to a democratic alternative to their terrorist reign. It is the way they have gone about their campaign through repressing any dissent using extreme punishments like the imprisonment of political prisoners and shooting to kill protesters taking part in protests. Fortunately, the MEK has never succumbed to these sorts of tactics and the more they have resisted, the harsher the regime’s crackdown.
The support for the MEK is not just in Iran itself, but from Iranian expatriates, prominent politicians and many other organizations condemn the mullahs attacks on those fighting for freedom and democracy. This, in particular, was shown at the virtual event last July, where the presence of numerous global figures was evident. They were the first to highlight the fact that the allegations against the MEK were totally unfounded.
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— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) July 18, 2020
Some alluded to the wins recently made by the MEK against some key western media publications. For example, former U.S. Senator Robert Torricelli reminded the participants of two judgments reached in a German court. One took place in March 2019 while the other was in July of this year. The two media channels were Der Spiegel and Frankfurter Algemeiner Zeitung. The court ordered them to remove any wrongful claims about the MEK. The NY Times published similar articles in relation to the conditions in the MEK base Ashraf-3 in Albania. The Times apparently said the information was received from former members of the MEK but it appears that the most likely source of the negative information about the MEK came from paid agents of the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and many of them had unsuccessfully managed to infiltrate the MEK.
#Iran: The Hamburg Court Prohibits the FAZ From Making False Claims Against the #Iranian People's Mojahedin (MEK)
Hamburg regional court upholds NCRI’s lawsuit against German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) for defamation against the #Mek https://t.co/S83o1o2T6i pic.twitter.com/36rnFK5fS6
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) June 25, 2020
This isn’t going to stop the regime from publicizing the MEK as a terrorist group despite the fact it has already been proved to the contrary in 2012.
In January 2018, Iran experienced a mass uprising, with thousands actively protesting against the clerical dictatorship. The regime was quick to suppress this movement but it resumed on an even larger scale across the nation in November 2019. In the interim, Khamenei and other leading officials could not ignore the fact that the MEK was a real threat to its rule.
"In 1988, the Iranian regime executed 30,000 political prisoners and at the same time the regime's disinformation campaign against the MEK was launched," said former Colombian Colombian Senator & presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt.#FreeIran2020https://t.co/iczBhvsR5p
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) June 20, 2020
Even though the regime has consistently questioned the MEK’s position on democracy U.S. Ambassador Lincoln Bloomfield described his experience with the following statement: “The more I looked, the more I found that the story of this group… has been erased. It has been entirely misrepresented. The MEK I learned was advocating democracy and freedom of assembly, freedom of speech, and the practice of Islam that is consistent with modern life, and not to follow a grotesque abuse of religious faith to support political tyranny.”
Bloomfield said the MEK is the sort of organization that any open democratic nation would wholeheartedly support.
#Iran: The #Iranian regime’s political violence has consistently failed to stem the growth of public support for the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/#MEK). Thus, mullahs have increased their demonizing campaign of the MEK. https://t.co/RrTDtahNlD
— NCRI-FAC (@iran_policy) September 6, 2020