U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on what is expected to be "implementation day," the day the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) verifies that Iran has met all conditions under the nuclear deal, in Vienna January 16, 2016.  (Kevin Lamarque / Reuters)

The Voice of America and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty provided timely and comprehensive multi-platform coverage in Farsi on last Saturday’s implementation of the historic nuclear pact between Iran and six world powers and the near-simultaneous news of the prisoner swap between the United States and Iran.

VOA Persian Offers Wall-to-Wall Coverage of U.S. Congress Debate on Iran Nuclear Deal

“By providing special coverage in the Persian language, viewers in Iran will be able to see for themselves the concerns and hopes people in the U.S. have about the nuclear weapons agreement,” said Setareh Derakhshesh, VOA Persian Director. “The amount of interest in Iran has been unprecedented, and by offering continuous coverage on television and web that features expert analysis and the U.S. newsmakers and citizens themselves, we will provide our viewers in Iran uncensored coverage of the open political process in the U.S. — a contrast to the system now in place in Iran.”
This programing continues VOA’s comprehensive coverage of the historic deal. Between July 22 and August 5, VOA Persian broadcast ten Congressional hearings on the deal live and with simultaneous translation – the only international broadcaster in Farsi covering the debate to this extent.
VOA Persian broadcasts are available on three satellites (Asiasat 7, Telstar 12 and Eutelsat Hotbird 13) and voanewsfarsi.com. VOA Persian is also available on the VOA mobile app, available in the Apple and Android app stores.
VOA Persian is one of the leading international news broadcasters in Iran. One-in-five adults in Iran watch VOA Persian weekly for in-depth coverage of American, Iranian, and international developments. Programs can be accessed on direct-to-home satellite, streaming sites, radio and a host of social media platforms. VOA Persian remains the U.S. government’s only means of direct communication with the people of Iran, who have limited access to free media.

New VOA Persian Show Targets Young Viewers in Iran

WASHINGTON, D.C.—— Tablet, a new television show on Voice of America Persian language satellite channel, focuses on cultural and social issues involving young people in Iran and the United States.The 15-minute prime-time show with a youthful, energetic vibe is hosted by Masih Alinejad, an investigative journalist and a recipient of this year’s Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Award. She is also a founder of the group “Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women,” which supports the rights of Iranian women to choose whether or not to wear the Hijab and is backed by nearly one million followers on Facebook. The show is produced weekly from VOA’s New York bureau by Saman Arbabi who was the producer of VOA Persian’s two most successful TV shows, Parazit and OnTen.