Alireza Jafarzadeh Explains Iran's Network of Apologists and Disinformation Campaign

Iran’s Network of Apologists Lead Its Disinformation Campaign

BEHIND THE IRAN HEADLINES Series, September 27, 2023, Alireza Jafarzadeh, NCRI-US Deputy Director

In a meticulous campaign to refurbish its tarnished global image, especially surrounding its controversial nuclear program, the Iranian regime, as disclosed by today’s revelations, embarked on a covert initiative known as the Iran Experts Initiative.

Under this initiative, a network of overseas academics, influential Iranian Americans, rising experts, and receptive journalists were strategically aligned to underplay Iran’s outrageous human rights record, nuclear ambitions, and instigation of terror in the region.

A recurring theme was their insistence on maintaining the status quo under the existing regime by vehemently dismissing any viable alternative.

This network also orchestrated a disinformation crusade, led by the regime’s Ministry of Intelligence and the IRGC, to demonize the MEK, the most formidable opposition striving for a free Iran for nearly 60 years.

This campaign vigorously, albeit unsuccessfully, worked to stop the MEK’s court-ordered removal from the FTO list.

It continuously exploited media, social media platforms, academic panels, and other channels to vilify the MEK, isolate it, and provide impunity for the regime to kill its members inside Iran and abroad. It also undermined the Iranian people’s uprisings while portraying the Iranian regime as a permanent feature with which the West should engage.

Yes, this network’s disinformation has cost the Iranian Resistance much blood and treasure to the detriment of the Iranian people. HOWEVER, the MEK and Iran’s uprisings have persisted and are on the rise.

The revelation of the Iranian regime’s network of experts further proves that the appeasement policy, which has provided space for Tehran’s malicious network to operate, is a roadblock and MUST END! Exposing the regime’s entire network of operatives, under any pretexts, would be a critical first step.

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