Name: Hossein Shariatmadari
Witness Accounts of Alleged Violations and Crimes:
As editor in chief of Kayhan (Keyhan) Newspaper, a position to which he was appointed by Iran’s leader, Khamenei, Hossein Shariatmadari is responsible for advocating for and inciting hatred against the Bahá’í faith and its followers by publishing anti-Bahá’í content.
Once again, we refer to the October 2011 report published by the Bahá’í International Community.
This report states:
“During a three-year period, from 2005 to 2008 for example, the semi-official Kayhan newspaper published more than 200 specious and misleading articles about Bahá’í teachings, history, and activities.
“This effort was echoed on television and radio. The Kayhan articles, in particular, deliberately engaged in a distortion of history, painting Bahá’ís as tools of colonial powers or Israel, and portraying them as morally corrupt.”
Kayhan has repeatedly accused Bahá’ís of spying for Israel and western countries, being agents of Zionism, being morally corrupt, and engaging in highly offensive practices. The Bahá’í faith is called a ‘misguided sect’ or ‘deviant’ and ‘cult-like’ in Kayhan articles. No evidence or proof has ever been provided to back these claims and accusations.
Bahá’ís are not the only targets of Kayhan‘s attacks. Kayhan acts as a propaganda arm of the regime, consistently supporting and advocating hardliner policies and denouncing any dissenting voices, including those of opposition groups, movements, intellectuals, human and civil rights defenders, women’s rights activists, student rights activists, and minority rights defenders.
It is believed that propaganda in the media could lead to increased discrimination against the Bahá’í community, promoting a social context of violence and hatred against them solely based on their religious beliefs.
- Article dated 22 Mehr 1391 (13 October 2012) regarding the family background of Shariatmadari:
- A special report by the Bahá’í International Community regarding the role of the Islamic Republic media, in particular Kayhan under Shariatmadari, in the incitement of hatred against the Bahá’ís:
- Three of many anti-Bahá’í articles published in Kayhan: http://kayhannews.ir/881015/2.htm#other210
- Article by Michael Slackman dated 22 September 2007 about Shariatmadari:http://www.nytimes.com/2007/09/22/world/middleeast/22shariamadari.html?ex=1348200000&en=eb55affe88c849ae&ei=5124&partner=permalink&exprod=permalink
- Two articles on the official site of Hashemi Rafsanjani about other instances of human rights violations committed by Shariatmadari:
- The following interview refers to the role of Shariatmadari in the imprisonment and torture of Ezzatollah Sahabi:
- The following two documents refer to the role of Shariatmadari in the case of Saeed Sirjani:
- The following describes the role of Shariatmadari in the production of ‘Hoviat’ (Identity) documentary broadcast on Islamic Republic television about the forced confessions of Aliakbar Saiedi Sirjani, Ezzatollah Sahabi, and Gholamhossein known as Mirza Saleh:
- The following report entitled “Men of Violence” published on 1 June 2010 includes references to Shariatmadari: