Debate over the IRI's Press TV

by sadegh
Straight talk or IRI-propaganda machine? We can hardly be begrudged for being skeptical, can we?!

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Yvonne Ridley is a member of

by Not Anonymous (not verified) on

Yvonne Ridley is a member of the RESPECT party in the UK.

The Unity Coalition is a left wing political party in England and Wales founded on 25 January 2004 in London. Its name is a backronym standing for Respect, Equality, Socialism, Peace, Environmentalism, Community, and Trade Unionism. It is often referred to simply as Respect or as the Respect Party

Respect allows its members to hold membership of other political organisations. Before the 2007 split, it included:

The Socialist Workers Party.
Members of the Muslim Association of Britain and Muslim Council of Britain.
People of no other political organisation
Other notable supporters include:

The Communist Party of Great Britain (Provisional Central Committee) [CPGB].
The International Socialist Group. [ISG]
The Socialist Unity Network.
Socialist Resistance.
The Revolutionary Communist Party of Britain (Marxist-Leninist) [RCPB(ML)].
Founding members left include:

George Galloway, the only Member of Parliament Respect has, formerly expelled from the Labour Party.
Salma Yaqoob
Linda Smith
The coalition had the support of The National Council of the Socialist Alliance, until the Alliance dissolved.
The crisis in Respect
In September 2007 George Galloway wrote a letter to Respect's national council members saying that the party was "too disorganised" and "faced oblivion" unless it reformed its internal party management.[26] The letter also criticised the amount of money spent on the Organising for Fighting Unions conference and on an intervention at the Pride London LGBT rights event.Equality and gay rights

Respect has also been accused of abandoning the left-wing issues of women's rights, gay rights and fighting homophobia in order to attract Muslim support. While Respect included opposition to discrimination based on gender and sexual orientation in its founding declaration,[41] critics claim Galloway has tended to avoid Commons votes involving equal rights for gay people - although he did vote to lower the age of consent for gay people in England and Wales to sixteen in 2000, earning him an invitation to open a new Lesbian and Gay centre in Glasgow. He has also praised New Labour's record on improving gay rights, and says of his absence from one vote that "there was never any doubt about the passage of the civil partnerships [bill], I wholly support it".[42] Respect's 2005 conference resolved that explicit defence of equal rights and calls for the end to all discrimination against lesbians, gay men, bisexuals and transgender people would be made in all of its manifestos and principal election materials.[43]



Wow...lots of interesting

by sadegh on

Wow...lots of interesting and diverse perspectives...nice...

Ba Arezu-ye Movafaghiat, Sadegh


Kaveh Nouraee

Press TV

by Kaveh Nouraee on

is no different than say, CNN, MSNBC, or FOX. Absolutely no difference whatsoever.

All stories are presented under the clear and direct influence of their respective editorial management.

If anyone is naive enough to believe anything else, I have a bridge in Brooklyn that I'm selling, that just might interest you.


Press TV

by Kurdish Warrior (not verified) on

Not only it shows to the world how backward and fanatic we are (just look at the host, how she is covered and all) but also it's just another tool for IRI to use their propeganda, and to get people attention away from its domestic issues. Some people here suggests that Fox ets are propaganda machine>>I dissagree..No matter how left or right these stations are they won't compete with this so called Press TV which hides whatever incidents that happens in IRAN which doesn't comply with this Islamic Republic..


Would Press TV

by Anonymous555 (not verified) on

report and discuss stoning and amputation as punishment on their shows?


Agreed: Press TV is a positive step

by Anonymous8 (not verified) on

it can help open Iranian news broadcasts.


Professionalism and breath of fresh air?!!!!!!

by Anonymous555 (not verified) on

Have you ever seen Press TV critisizing other countries for lack of freedom of speech? I check their website and I see that very often.

Now that's a laugh.

And the woman is utterly crazy. What kind of a self respected human being praises Taliban and joins this vaba like this?


Just a thought

by aaj sr (not verified) on

Do you know how many millions of dollar (MONTHLY) is the cost of running these stations, including air time satelite rental time, equipements, "imported", personnel in most capital cities of the world?

Do we really want to spend these millions (MONTHLY) without Iranian knowledge? Can you imagine how many street kids can be saved with fraction of these expenditure?
How many roads can be repaired or made for reducing number of casulties every year (number one in road accident casualties in the world per capita). How many schools can be repaired (70% of schools need repaires, 30% of schools' buildings are falling apart and reported as "dangerous place to use".)
The list of "making better use of the money" can fill in a few books.

Now, do you know who is watching these channels?. Your guess is as good as mine, but
I guess a few politician from neighboring countries and a handful CIA, FBI and alikes junkies!!.

IRI thought since "others" are equiped with English satelite channels, they should have it too, but they do not know that most of those stations make money by selling advertising, now, who wants to advertise in "second hand news", unpleasent, scary looking anchored Press TV personnels and station?
It's a very sad story. It's upsetting beyond being able to express myself here.


PRESSTV is a needed fresh air

by Jaleho on

to balance out the western propaganda tools like CNN, and the half-Arab-nationalist-half-western-copy, Al Jazeera.

Just look at the nice coverage of Ossetia crisis from PRESSTV now.

With US pipeline policy in Caspian region based completely on lies, coercion, years of creating hell and mayhem in Afghanistan all by selling lies, going through all kind of asinine plans and expenses for the Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline just to hurt Iran and Russia, supporting a US puppet in Georgia..... it is definitely a privilege to hear the very important events unfolding in Ossetia right now from a source like presstv. DEFINITELY can't trust US news or BBC on that front!


Press TV is professional news

by Abarmard on

It's the Iranian and the Eastern side of the story. Simple as that. Nothing less or more than the rest of the mediocre media around the globe. One has to admit that it's very professional and well done. 

Nothing wrong with having as many sides of the stories as possible. the more the better. 


So what it means?

by Sardar Sepah or Reza Khaneh Mir Five (not verified) on

her convergence to Islam simply means she is working for the Intelligence Service, another British Agent in our den. Nothing new.

Babak Khorramdin

Yvonne Ridley

by Babak Khorramdin on


Just scroll down and look at her admirer Abu Hamza al-Masri ( Captain HOOK is back ) :D



She talks about TALIBANS and shows signs of loyalty to them !!!!





oh my gawd: Yvonne

by IRICHANNEL (not verified) on

oh my gawd: Yvonne Riddley??? Most acute case of Stockholm Syndrome, in my opinion. She was kidnapped by the Taliban.

Her picture before hijab:


More on Yvonne ridley:

Personal life
Ridley has been married twice. Her first husband was Daoud Zaaroura, a former Palestine Liberation Organization officer. Zaaroura was a PLO colonel when Ridley met him in Cyprus, where she was working on an assignment for the Newcastle-based Sunday Sun. They had one daughter called Daisy who was born in 1995.[1] Her last husband was the Iraqi-born Israeli businessman, Ilan Roni Hermosh[2], to whom she was married until 1999.

[edit] Capture by the Taliban, conversion to Islam after release
Ridley came to prominence in September 2001 when she was captured by the Taliban in Afghanistan whilst working for the Sunday Express. Repeatedly refused an entrance visa, she decided to follow the example of BBC reporter John Simpson, who had crossed the border anonymously in a burqa. When she was discovered without passport or visa, she was held by the authorities for 11 days. One of her captors asked her to convert; she refused, but gave her word she would read the Qur'an after her release. She was impressed the way she was dealt during her stay in Taliban captivity. She explained Taliban looked after her very well. She said, "I was horrible to my captors. I spat at them and was rude and refused to eat. It wasn't until I was freed that I became interested in Islam."[3]


kaleh dar

IRI Press TV

by kaleh dar on

Garbage goes in, Garbage comes out.



by Khoda Biamorz (not verified) on

How many broadcasting station can one name that is not a propaganda machine? CNN, FOX, even PBS (70% kissing BBC's ass).

So, the same goes for Iran. Let them say whatever they want, it might offset a small percentage of lies and lopsided news we hear about our country from other similar biased loudspeakers. The only sad news is that most of their programs are helped to be made by the British in Iran. It would be great if they let Germans or Japanese or some descent cultures help them with the set up and not the British. Hence changing the accent to a neutral accent and not a British accent.

Press TV will someday end up broadcasting true news and that would be the day after FOX and CNN stop being mouthpiece of Israel.



by shirazi3 (not verified) on

Funny how the woman who has worked for BBC (Nazanin Ansari) accuses Press TV of propaganda. Talk about hypocrisy! First of all, of course Press TV is Iranian propaganda. But does it distort truth more than Western media? No way. People, including many Iranians, are so brain-washed that they think CNN, BBC, and VOA are there for real news. Wake up folks! These media outlets are part of Western propaganda machinery that has put you into a state of comatose. They propagate shameless lies half the time, much of it aimed against Iran. The bottom line is that if you want to get the opposing view in a place like Lebanon, you can't go to NYT or CNN. Press TV offers an alternative.


Press TV Accents.

by faryarm on


the Press TV  english accents sound like ,they learnt by "lingaphone" rather like the old english teachers in Iran, who'd never stepped out of sharestan...

lets not get started on the Dress code... definitely not Old Bond Street..more like Old LalehZar...

But i guess, in that KhafehKhoon, they have a job to do...



Which IRI deputy is the Press TV woman married to?

by faryarm on

Which IRI deputy is the Press TV woman married to?

either that, or she could not possibly get an anchor job anywhere else... 

News Goffer

Dear Sadegh

by News Goffer on

For the first time in 30 years, English language reports (with good English and accent), and in good quality are broadcast out of Iran.  Some of the reports Press TV has made of Iranian cultural events and places have been remarkable.

Make no mistakes, however!  It can look and sound different, but it is broadcasting the governmental positions of IRI.  True, this one is for "External Use," but by the number of issues and people avoided in the station's coverage, you will see that it is in no way a well-rounded news channel at all.  Propaganda is the name of the game here, pure and simple.