Rosa Ajiri & Amir Zamanifar

Radio Farda journalists killed in road crash near Prague

September 30 (RFE/RL) -- Two young broadcasters for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty's Radio Farda -- Rosa Ajiri (right) and Amir Zamanifar -- have died in a car crash outside the Czech capital, Prague. Broadcaster Mahin Gorji remained in critical condition at a Prague hospital. RFE/RL correspondent Golnaz Esfandiari offers this look at the tragic loss of two much-loved colleagues.

Rosa Ajiri and Amir Zamanifar had short lives, but they lived them to the fullest.

Rosa was 27 years old, and Amir 29 when they died in an early morning automobile accident on September 29.

The preliminary investigation indicated that their car was stopped in the emergency lane of a highway north of Prague when it was struck from behind by a tractor trailer.

A journalist friend of Mahin Gorji -- who was herself gravely injured and remained in critical condition -- was suffering from shock after the tragedy.

Those who knew Rosa and Amir remember, first and foremost, their smiles and laughter.

Radio Farda colleague Hannah Kaviani said with the deaths of Rosa and Amir, Prague has lost two of its most beautiful smiles.

Rosa was cheerful and always eager to learn more and improve her journalistic skills. She used to tell her friends and relatives that one day she would become a well-known international reporter.

Rosa had been deeply affected by the crackdown in Iran following the presidential election in June. When the death in custody of student Amir Javadifar was made public, it was Rosa who secured an exclusive interview with a friend of Javadifar's who had seen his body and who charged that he had died as a result of torture.

Rosa once said that she couldn't stop crying after watching video images of the death of Neda Agha Soltan, the 27-year-old woman shot dead during a postelection protest in Tehran.

Amir was a respected moderator with a baritone voice. He was perhaps best-known among colleagues and listeners for his signature close to Radio Farda's evening-magazine program: "I wish you a peaceful night," he would say in his calm, steady voice.

Amir liked poetry, literature, photography, and Iranian food. He claimed that even pizzas made in Iran are the best in the world.

Like Rosa, Amir was struck hard by recent events in Iran.

One of the last reports he'd filed was based on interviews with relatives of journalists jailed in the crackdown, who are said to be under pressure >>>


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May they both rest in peace.

by پیام on

I hope their relatives get the chance to say goodbye to their loved ones.



by kfravon on

I'm saddened by this shocking news.  I don't know Rosa, and have never met neither Rosa or Amir, but Amir and I have been in communication with one another for a few years, since one of my Iran picture albums was published on this site. Rest in Peace dear ones.....


Too young to die

by yolanda on

we should try to live our lives to the fullest.

Thanks for the article and sorry for the losses!

Azarin Sadegh

So sad...

by Azarin Sadegh on

It's almost impossible to come up with the right words to say and to consol their families and friends...especially that they were so young and talented with so many dreams. But my deepest sympathy goes to the parents...I wish them lots of strength.


Rouheshan shad

by capt_ayhab on

Rouheshan shad.  :(



Rosa's Memorial Page

by Reza86 on


My condolences to their families. Nothing can be worse.

by Anonymouse on

Everything is sacred.


Heart Breaking...

by faryarm on

I am a new listener to radio farda; I loved their zest and professionalism.

This was truly heartbreaking. Rooheshan shaad.



God bless their souls

by Souri on

Sad news about two young lives full of hope and devotion. Rouheshan shaad.

Sheema Kalbasi

With My Deepest Sympathy

by Sheema Kalbasi on

My condolences go out to their families, friends, and colleagues. I came to know Amir few years before he left Iran for Czech. He was a
kind, and gentle soul. I will remember him with great affection and respect.

Darius Kadivar

Awful News

by Darius Kadivar on

I had followed some of their work. So Sad to hear this. They were Young and had so much to live and give.

God Bless !