An official invitation extended to head of Islamic Republic’s national television network Seda va Sima by Dutch public broadcaster NOS has drawn widespread protests in the Netherlands. NOS have invited Ezatollah Zarghami to visit them on Monday 5 July. A copy of the NOS invitation was given to Radio Zamaneh by a Dutch source who did not want to be identified. The letter also indicates that NOS staff were planning on attending a dinner at the Islamic Republic Embassy in The Hague. However, latest reports indicate that the dinner has been cancelled.
Dutch and Iranian students and human rights activist in Netherlands demonstrated in protest against the NOS invitation to Ezatollah Zarghami. The Iranian Progressive Youth Association issued a statement condemning the NOS invitation saying: “Seda va Sima of the Islamic Republic had a major role in covering up the suppression of protesters following the recent presidential elections and also matters concerning the arrest and torture of protesters…the Islamic Republic television network has refused to give airtime to protesters and its director has been appointed by the Supreme leader who has had the largest role in the violent suppression of people…”
A group of Iranian protesters staged demonstrations in front of the NOS building in Hilversum after attaining a protest permit from the authorities.
The Islamic Republic Embassy’s spokesman in The Hague and NOS have so far not responded to Radio Zamaneh requests for further clarification of the matter.
(Source: Radio Zamaneh)