Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Mashallah Shamsolvaezin

"The Iranian government, struggling to silence the many critical voices in the country, has arrested at least 11 journalists since Sunday, including former International Press Freedom Award recipient Mashallah Shamsolvaezin and the prominent writer Emadeddin Baghi. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemned the arrests and called for the release of all detained journalists, who now number more than 30." Now, of course, it is axiomatic to condemn Iranian press restrictions of any kind--or the even harsher press restrictions among US puppets in the Middle Eeast--but I want to say something about Mashallah Shamsolvaezin. The man was an avid propagandist of the Iranian regime for years, but in the last two years he has become a favored propagandist for Saudi media. I find nothing courageous about him. (thanks Lilia)

PS I have commented on his name before. It translates thus: Whatever God wishes (that is the first name only), The Sun of the Preachers (the last name). So the full name is: Whatever God wishes the Sun of the Preachers.