DOWNTON ABBEY: BBC Persian’s Enayat Fani and Massoud Behnoud to be Knighted ?


DOWNTON ABBEY: BBC Persian’s Enayat Fani and Massoud Behnoud to be Knighted ?
by Darius Kadivar

There is a rumor circulating that either BBC's Enayat Fani or Massoud Behnoud are to be Knighted (Lordship ? CBE? OBE ? ) ...


Dunno how true but wouldn’t it be strange to see them interview Crown Prince Reza and calling him "Agha" but expect to be called "Sir" in return ? ... ;0)

Watch Enayat Fani’s BBC Hard Talk Interview with Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi Here



Watch Enayat Fani’s BBC Hard Talk Interview with Soltan Ali Mirza Qajar Here






Massoud Behnoud Congratulates Fellow colleague Enayat Fani of BBC’s Hard Talk :

Veteran Iranian journalist Masoud Behnoud on Media and 1953 « coup » and Hossein Fatemi’s Blasphemous Article against the Shah:

Veteran Iranian journalist Masoud Behnoud discussed Bakhtar Emrooz and other media related to 19 August 1953 deemed « coup d'etat ».







Queen Elizabeth investiture ceremony :

An investiture (knighting) ceremony at Buckingham Palace 







UK Parliament tour - House of Lords Chamber :

The House of Lords is an integral part of the UK Parliament. Bringing years of knowledge from many walks of life, Members of the Lords play a vital role making laws and keeping an eye on Government.






Ex Left Wing Anti Shah Activist Turned Baroness in the House of Lords :

Activist Potkin Azarmehr Slams Baroness Afshar during a debate on the Post Election Crackdowns in Iran

Potkin Azarmehr on Aljazeera After the Execution of deemed Monarchists Arash Rahmanipour & Mohammad Reza Zamani :

Potkin Azarmehr interviewed in Lonodn by Aljazeera English from Doha studios on 28th Jan, 2010 regarding the execution of Arash Rahmanpour and Mohammad Reza Zamani






The Honours System Debate on Sky News :

Rafe Heydel-Mankoo and Peter Tatchell debate the House of Commons' Select Committee Report (August 2012) on the Honours System. The report made a number of recommendations for reforming the system. The debate also deals with the issue of whether Olympic gold medallists should also be honoured by appointment to the Order of the British Empire.

MPs say too many celebrities get honours (bbc)

Too many civil servants, politicians and celebrities are receiving honours, a report by a group of MPs has said.

The Public Administration Select Committee called for a rise in honours for volunteers in the community.

Its report said an independent honours commission should be set up to remove political influence from the process.

The government denied honours were dominated by officials and celebrities, while Labour said it was vital the system's "independence" was maintained.

The committee criticised the way in which honours are granted, calling the process "opaque" and "mysterious".

Instead, the MPs called for increased transparency and accountability with a reduction in the influence of politicians and civil servants.

The committee's chairman, Conservative MP Bernard Jenkin, told the BBC: "The trend has been, over recent years, to remove the politicians from the direct control of the honours system and that process needs to be finished."

'Must stop'

"We believe that no-one should be honoured for simply 'doing the day job', no matter what that job is," the committee said.

"In particular, honours should not be awarded to civil servants or businessmen unless it can be demonstrated that there has been service above and beyond the call of duty.

"It is distasteful and damaging for people who already command vast personal remuneration packages for doing their job to also be honoured for simply being at the helm of large companies. This must stop."

As well as calling for an independent commission, the committee recommended the removal of the prime minister's "strategic direction" over the honours system.

It wants to see the publication of longer explanations of why someone has been given an honour and it calls on the Cabinet Office - the department responsible for honours - to broaden the range of independent members who currently sit on honours committees.

The Honours Forfeiture Committee, which stripped former Royal Bank of Scotland boss Fred Goodwin of his knighthood earlier this year, should be made independent with clearer rules and criteria.

At the moment it is run by a "shadowy group of senior civil servants, acting in secret," Mr Jenkin said.

The honours lists are published twice a year, at New Year and in mid-June on the date of the Queen's official birthday.

'Public confidence'

Earlier this month, a senior civil servant told the BBC that Team GB's Olympic medallists would not get an "automatic gong", sparking concerns there were plans to limit the number of athletes who will receive an honour in the New Year Honours list.

However, Downing Street denied this.

Mr Jenkin said: "The public values the honours system, and it commands a significant degree of public confidence, but people still say that honours appear to be awarded through a mysterious process by the various committees to the usual suspects they already know.

"Far too few are being awarded to ordinary citizens for the extraordinary contributions they make to their communities - which is what the honours system should be for.

"While the honours system is a valued and popular part of British life, the fact that so few people understand how or why honours are awarded does nothing to help bolster public confidence or interest in the system."

The Cabinet Office denied honours were dominated by politicians and celebrities, with 72% of the awards in the last honours list going to people who were actively involved in charitable or voluntary work.

"Honours are awarded on merit to those who make outstanding contributions and not for simply doing the day job," a spokesman said.

"Far from being the preserve of politicians, civil servants and celebrities, the vast majority go to the unsung heroes who do remarkable work in their communities.

"Awards are recommended by committees with independent chairs and a majority of independent members. We will carefully consider the committee's recommendations."

Michael Dugher, Labour's shadow Cabinet Office minister, said: "It is vitally important that the independence of the honours system is maintained.

"We welcome proposals for greater transparency, and for more recognition from within the system for people who do voluntary work in their communities."

Mr Dugher also said there should be greater recognition for public sector workers, not just for those in the top jobs in Whitehall.

"We also need an honours system that puts no artificial quota on extraordinary achievements or performances that contribute to this country," he said.

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