Saturday, January 14, 2017

Twenty First Fundraising Campaign of Simay-E-Azadi

Twenty First Fundraising Campaign of Simay-E-Azadi

Contribution of thousands of Iranians from Iran and around the world to Simay-e-Azadi (Iran National Television)

Twenty-first fundraising telethon of Simay-e-Azadi, Iran National Television, turned to a manifestation of national will and solidarity in support of the Iranian Resistance, disgust toward the religious fascism ruling Iran in its totality and the demand for changing this regime and the establishment of freedom and democracy.

In this program that continued for 40 hours from January 13 to 15, thousands of Iranians from various backgrounds from Iran and across the world declared their support for this TV network. In this program, along with direct connection via 84 telephone lines, continuous flow of communications and outreach from Iran on social networks such as Twitter, Facebook, Google Plus and telegrams, on several hashtags such as "Free Iran", "Telethon", "Hamyari" and "SimayAadi" was established. In this fundraising, total commitment and contributions amounted to 22,367,869,099 tomans, equivalent to $5,650,207.
Marc Nelson - American Artist and teacher supported Iran national TV Simaye Azadi Telethon 
Great artist, Marc Nelson supported #FreeIran #Telethon by portraying one of the heroes of the Iranian people, Gholamreza Khosravi, the very brave political prisoners who was executed by the Iranian regime a few years ago, only for his support to #SimayAzadi TV, the voice of a free and democratic Iran.
Gholamreza Khosravi

"Let me go to the gallows for supporting the PMOI. We live up to our patriotic and ideological responsibilities and are ready to sacrifice and pay the price whatever it may be" - Gholamreza Khosravi  🌹

During this amazing telethon to raise help for Simaye Azadi, we remember heroes Jafar Kazemi, Mohammad Haj Aghaei, and Gholamreza Khosravi. The best amoos ever!
They dedicated their lives for freedom in Iran. They resisted and stood firm until the very end. These three loved their people so much that they were willing to give their lives so their country could be freed and liberated from tyranny.
The brutal Iranian regime killed them, but it was not able to kill their beliefs and ideologies of freedom and democracy. The Iranian people will continue their path until the end.
Syrian White Helmets in Daraa, Syria send message of support for Simaye Azadi 
telethon  by  Simay Azadi
Sir David Amess MP - UK Parliament  support Iran national TV Telethon @simayazaditv
 and 10 point plan of Maryam Rajavi for free Iran

Gérard Deprez MEP, Chair of Friends of a Free Iran at the European Parliament
 support Iran national TV Simaye Azadi

Former MEP @VidalQuadras: I support Free Iran Telethon & I pledge all my efforts to bring perpetrators of Iran's 1988 massacre to justice.

Austrian MEP Heinz Becker supported  Iran national TV Simaye Azadi Telethon
Beatriz BECERRA MEPs European Parliament  Spain
 supported  Iran national TV Simaye Azadi Telethon
Emma McClarkin  Member of the European Parliament-EU
 supported  Iran national TV Simaye Azadi Telethon

Tunne Kelam MEP: I support the independent Iranian Resistance
 We need Simayazadi to give us the real news from Iran. FreeIran Telethon

Paulo Casaca-Portuguese politician supported  Iran national TV Simaye Azadi Telethon

On Friday, a popular satellite television network run by volunteer Iranian expatriates began its 21st public campaign to raise funding for its annual operations. The network, known in Farsi as Simay Azadi and in English as Iran National Television, reaches an audience inside Iran via satellite receiver equipment that is illegal to own or operate in the country. In spite of this restriction, millions of Iranians reportedly defy the ban, even re-acquiring such equipment after mass confiscation efforts by government authorities.

This defiance reflects a broader conflict between the Iranian public and the regime’s attempts to control the flow of information. Various websites and social media networks including Facebook and Twitter are also banned by Iran’s hardline theocracy but are routinely accessed by a young and tech-savvy population via virtual proxy networks.

The prominence of satellite receiver equipment also gives Iranians access to other non-government news sources, but INTV presents itself as being uniquely a voice for the Iranian people, insofar as it expresses the viewpoints of an organized resistance movement and gathers news with the help of that movement’s intelligence networks inside of Iran.

telethon  by  Simay Azadi

An INTV press release announcing this weekend’s pledge drive appealed to donors to support the network’s role as an alternative to the state media outlets that are virtually the only sources of information functioning openly inside the country, numerous outlets are shuttered by the government in any given year. The political imprisonment of journalists is also commonplace, resulting in the Committee to Protect Journalists consistently ranking Iran as one of the worst purveyors of this sort of repression.

The website Journalism is not a Crime identifies more than 50 reporters who are currently serving prison sentences in Iran. And this number does not account for the numerous political activists who have been jailed either partly or entirely because of their contribution to news gathering by dissident outlets like INTV.

INTV reports that many members of its network have been not only imprisoned but also tortured and in some cases executed for their work, including the coverage of banned political protests and the conditions of the Iranian prison system. The network’s press release adds that “political prisoners in Iran regularly use [INTV] to reveal news from inside prisons and to convey their resistance against the authorities’ brutality.”

telethon  by  Simay Azadi

Previous pledge drives have suggested strong public interest in support these sorts of projects. INTV is known to receive donations both from inside Iran and from Iranian expatriate communities; and those donations reportedly range from 10 dollars to hundreds of thousands. Similar success is expected from the current pledge drive, which runs through Sunday, because the network’s viewership has been steadily increasing in recent years.

INTV reports that its core staff works entirely on a volunteer basis, and that donations collected during the pledge drive will be used in the gathering of original news and to cover the costs associated with maintaining its 24-hour satellite broadcast and its website, It is noteworthy than on the homepage of Simaye Azadi there is a special tab in English labeled ‘Free Iran Telethon’ for those interested in donating.

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