Iranian Regime’s Disinformation Campaign Suffers a Hit as German Newspaper Censured
The German newspaper, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) newspaper has been forced to admit that its article alleging torture by the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI / MEK Iran) in Albania was both defamatory and false. This was a win for the Iranian opposition and a hit for the Iranian regime’s disinformation machine, which the German newspapers fall for.
As the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) has said: “[the] German court ruling proves once again that the source of all lies and fake news against the Iranian resistance is the mullahs’ regime.”
A Hamburg Court Rules Against @DerSpiegel in Blow to Regime’s Misinformation Campaign against the main opposition(#MEK) to #Iran's dictatorship https://t.co/zyhK7VuIzz #Spiegel_FakeNews #Spiegel #FreeIran
— MEK Iran (Mujahedin-e Khalq) (@MEK_Iran) March 25, 2019
Unfortunately, the regime is unlikely to give up its attempt to demonize the very organizations that seek its overthrow and replacement by a genuinely democratic alternative.
The following is a brief timeline of the court cases against the 2 German newspapers accused of defamation as supplied by the NCRI’s lawyer, Gero Himmelsbach,
- March 2019: Der Spiegel, the second German newspaper, admits its torture allegations were defamatory.
- May 2020: FAZ makes the same allegations, is forbidden to do so by the Hamburg Regional Court but this ruling is appealed by FAZ.
- November 2020: The NCRI proves that false information is being fed to the gullible journalists by Iranian Secret Service agents.
The demonization campaign waged by the regime involves billions of dollars being spent. Most of this ends up being totally wasted, so why does the regime continue to waste money?
— Iran Freedom (@4FreedominIran) November 23, 2020
The regime is scared of the opposition movement as it is becoming increasingly hated by a questioning Iranian citizenry. The regime blames the series of protests and uprisings since 2017 on the opposition movement (PMOI / MEK Iran). This explains the all-out attempt to denigrate them.
However, these tactics have never worked and the MEK and its supporters have grown considerably. The regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei has said himself that the MEK poses a threat to the regime. This became even more noticeable in nationwide protests in both December 2017 and November 2019 by the Iranian people.
The more lies the regime throws around, like mud in hopes that it sticks. It seems from the recent court cases in Germany that any mud being thrown around is going to end up on the faces of the mullahs, not the opposition (PMOI / MEK Iran).
The Iranian regime has used vast amounts of the country’s wealth which is owned by the people to try to spread disinformation about the MEK. There is little doubt as the regime flounders amidst crises in Iran that this German court ruling will do little to stop the misinformation campaigns, but at least it is a start.
— People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) (@Mojahedineng) May 21, 2020
Tags: Disinformation by MOIS, Disinformation Campaign, Iran Opposition, Iran Protests, MEK, Mujahedin-e Khalq, National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), NCRI, People's Mojahedin organization of Iran, PMOI