Baha’is saddened by portrayal of Baha’i Faith in new TV series shown on network connected to Iranian government
24 Bahman 1388/ 13 Feb 2010
Geneva – Baha’i World News Service (BWNS)
13 February 2010
The depiction of offensive images of Baha’u’llah and the Bab, the founders of the Baha’i Faith, in a new TV series in Iran, has profoundly saddened the worldwide Baha’i community. The series presents an insulting and demeaning depiction of the founders of the Baha’i Faith, who are revered by Baha’is throughout the world. While in the international arena, the Iranian government actively objects to insults against religious sacred precepts [for example, sponsoring the “Cairo Declaration” of 1990, and UN “Defamation of Religion” resolution of 2009], it is shameful to see the production and dissemination of this series by a news medium associated with the government.
It appears that the daily broadcast of the series, entitled “The Constitutional Years “, which started on the 12th of Bahman [1 Feb. 2010] to coincide with the Fajr — the 10th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution — will continue through through the 25th of Bahman [14 Feb. 2010].
The series claims to present a documented historical account of the Constitutional Revolution during the late 19th and early 20th centuries — a period that coincided with the early years of the appearance of the Baha’i Faith in Iran. The series revolves around the baseless and threadbare accusation that the Baha’i Faith is a creation of British imperialistic politics in order to combat Islam.
This new TV show is only one part of the systematic and expanding propaganda plan of the government of the Islamic Republic against the Baha’i Faith. In the course of this propaganda plan all the news media, under the supervision of the government, spread hate and suspicion against Baha’is, by blatant misrepresentation of history and of the teachings of the Baha’i Faith.
In Iran, Baha’is are deprived of the right to reply to or correct these misrepresentations.
Public media within the country are so fully controlled by the government that the recent mere publication of a photograph of the Baha’i temple in India, in the context of a tourist advertisement, led to the closure, albeit temporarily, of the newspaper publishing the ad.
Therefore, interested Iranians cannot easily obtain accurate information about the Baha’i Faith.
The Baha’i world community invites friends and well-wishers who are able to assist with the dissemination of accurate information about the history of the Baha’i Faith, in order to combat the fabrications disseminated by the Iranian government.
For those who wish to help in this endeavour, the publication entitled “Toloui Digar” [A New Revelation], can server as a reliable sources, and is available on the Internet at:
http://www.aeenebahai9.info/node/835, and a voice copy which can be found at:
Translation by Iran Press Watch