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Iran urged to loosen hold on BBC Persia

Press TV - Iran's Majlis Research Center has proposed loosening the grip on foreign media outlets working against the interests of the Islamic Republic.

Following an analysis of the tactics employed by the British Broadcasting Corporation's Persian-language channel, the Institute for Political Studies in Iran's Parliament Research Center tipped off the government about its critical approach toward such channels.

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A report by the institute described "launching networks" as the main step in undertaking "soft overthrow projects", adding that the BBC Persian channel takes a more subtle approach than that of the US-backed VOA in propagating its ideas.

The report went on to say point to the large leaps in technology in today's world and the wide usage of internet among the country's youth in an effort to caution the Iranian government.

"In today's world, a full-scale media war is taking place between Iran and the West," read the report.

The study urged the Islamic Republic to use this opportunity to fight foreign movements aimed at toppling the government.

Pointing to countless internet websites and web proxies, the report said, "Preventing the establishment of satellite channels is not an effective method to break the Iranian audience's connection with such media."

The Majlis institute went on to call for "the launch of rival channels and incorporation of as much information content as possible" to neutralize the effect of anti-Islamic Republic media.

"The government should not conceive NGO's and Persian-language channels as a threat."

The report put forward a proposal to the Iranian government to grant such channels the permission to work in Iran, within the guidelines of the country's constitution.

The institute further demanded the government maintains vigilance in an effort to prevent the cited media from carrying out their "soft toppling projects" in the country.

The report was issued as the launch of the BBC Persian channel caused controversy in Iran.

Iran has claimed the channel is attempting to recruit Iranians for "espionage and psychological warfare".

"The public is concerned that the establishment of BBC Persian is in line with the intervening and opportunist policies of the British government in domestic affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran," said an Iranian official before the launch of the channel in October.

... Payvand News - 04/19/09 ... --

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