Media Homework – this time in French

We’ve consistently pointed out holes in the English-language media (and sometimes German as well) when it comes to Iran reporting.

This time we’d like to shed some light on a French publication that’s come to our attention.

 In the latest issue of the periodical  Politique Internationale, Liberation journalist Jean-Pierre Perrin lobs softballs at Ali Akbar Velayati, current foreign affairs advisor to Khamanei and potential candidate for president in Iran’s June elections. Before a quick glance at his responses, a couple of pertinent biographical facts that Perrin failed to mention:
  • Velayati appears on the original Argentine list of perpetrators of the AMIA attack , in which 85 civilians were killed and hundreds injured. Together with then-President Rafsanjani – under whom he served as foreign minister at the time of the attack –  he was mysteriously removed from INTERPOL’s final “red alert” international arrest warrant list.
  • According to the book The Iranian Nuclear Crisis: A Memoir by Sayed Hossein Mousavian, a favorite of this blog, in 2003 Velayati – already Khamanei’s foreign affairs advisor – told him personally that Iran would not accept the IAEA’s Additional Protocol. And so it hasn’t – till this day. The reason? Mousavian claims that Velayati equated it to the 1828 Treaty of Tirkmenchai, “viewed by Iranians today as a betrayal and a black mark in their history.”
Missed all this, Monsieur Perrin?
As for the interview, here are a few pearls of wisdom translated into (reasonable) English.
On the nuclear crisis

We welcome discussions when they occur in an international context and respect the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). We act in perfect legality, under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Except in Parchin, Qom, Arak, etc etc etc…..
On the IAEA reports

These reports are provocations. The United States, France, Britain and some other countries are putting pressure on the Director General of the IAEA so that it launches baseless accusations against Iran. Some reports from Americans were sent to the Director General for him to say that Iran is conducting clandestine activities or hidden. But this is not true!

Did we already mention Qom?
On the P5+1

You know very well how it works. Just as we do not have friendly relations with Western countries, let alone a member of the “five plus one” for it shows us its animosity accusing us of violating international rules. The main motivation of these countries, who are our enemies or, in any case, have no sympathy for us, has nothing to do with the reality of nuclear power. They throw baseless accusations, just to put pressure on us. Believe me, we have a long experience of this kind of behavior.

Countries that have no sympathy for Iran? Is it possible he’s talking about Russia and China as well?  Interesting….
All of this demonstrates, once again, that to attain full Iran coverage the media must do the necessary leg work. A word to the wise.

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3 comments on “Media Homework – this time in French
  1. […] in the AMIA killings of three high-profile candidates for the June presidential fake elections, Ali Velayati, Mohsen Rezai and Ali Fallahian. And so the media can focus on their more pleasant side, such as […]

  2. […] Ali Akhbar Velayati back advising Khamenei after a failed presidential bid, also placed the onus on the West in this AP interview (despite the headline assuring readers exactly the opposite, that he “reaches out to West”). […]

  3. […] Iranians to symbolize their country’s submission to foreign powers; one of our earlier posts noted that veteran Khamanei aide Ali Akhbar Velayati once equated signing the IAEA’s Additional […]

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