The networks of the Broadcasting Board of Governors are providing comprehensive Persian, Arabic and English language coverage on the soaring tensions between Iran and Saudi Arabia following the Saudi execution earlier this month of a prominent Shi’ite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who was critical of the Saudi kingdom. For many in Iran, Saudi Arabia and throughout the Middle East, these networks are the only source of accurate and unbiased information on the developments.
“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.