IRAN FOCUS
http://www.iranfocus.com/en
Mission/Mandate:
“Iran Focus is a non-profit news service provider that focuses on events in Iran, Iraq and the Middle East.“ (Iran Focus Website, http://www.iranfocus.com/en/about-us.html, accessed on 25 August 2008)
Various internet sources consider Iran Focus to be a pro-MKO website (MKO/MEK/PMOI is the People’s Mojahedin Organisation or Mojahedin Khalq Organisation) (see additional references for details).
“The site provides no information on their source of funding, their board of directors or even their staff. The domain name registration for the site is in the name of Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri, who is Iran Focus’ current executive editor. Jazayeri is a 21 year old student from Great Britain whose parents both have been members of the People's Mojahedin Organisation of Iran PMOI, a political arm of the MKO. Hanif has been campaigning to have the PMOI removed from the UK list of designated terrorist organisations.“ (Source Watch: Iran Focus, http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Iran_Focus, accessed on 25 August 2008)
Iran Focus News are divided into various subsections: Iran (general); Human Rights; Women; Terrorism; Nuclear; Iraq; Iran Focus Special Wire and Iran in the World Press (Iran Focus Website, http://www.iranfocus.com/, accessed on 25 August 2008).
Iran Focus is based in London (United Kingdom).
Target group:
International community; journalists; policymakers; scholars; general public.
Objective:
“Iran Focus is dedicated to providing comprehensive, up-to-date information and news on the Persian Gulf region in a fair and balanced manner. We provide a wide array of daily news, weekly and special feature packages, commentary, news analysis, and investigative reporting. Through editorial initiatives and access to intelligence sources, our stories offer an insight into the complex situation in the Persian Gulf region that is indispensable to scholars, journalists, politicians, business people and all those interested in this sensitive part of the world.“ (Iran Focus Website, http://www.iranfocus.com/en/about-us.html, accessed on 25 August 2008)
According to the critics the purpose of Iran Focus is “to disseminate information for political purposes“ and to remove MKO from the list of terrorist organisations (Iranian Truth Website, http://www.iraniantruth.com/?p=802, accessed on 25 August 2008).
Funding:
The website of Iran Focus provides no information on its sources of funding.
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: Iran (mainly); Iraq and the Middle East countries (Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan).
Thematic focus: Executions; arrests; asylum seekers abroad; membership in terrorist groups; homosexuality; “bad veiling” of women; morality police; repression of women’s rights activists; domestic violence; honour killings and other serious human rights abuses.
Reporting methodology:
Iran Focus publishes articles obtained from other news sources, such as Reuters, Agence France Press, Associated Press, The Guardian, etc.
Beside these articles, Iran Focus publishes news articles and analysis produced via its own “network of specialists and analysts of the region and correspondents and reporters in several countries” (Iran Focus Website, http://www.iranfocus.com/en/about-us.html, accessed on 25 April 2008).
Publication cycle:
Updated daily.
Languages:
English; French.
Navigation of website:
Home: Latest news.
Human Rights: Articles on human rights violations.
Women: Articles on women and abuses of their rights in Iran.
Additional references:
Source Watch: Iran Focus
http://sourcewatch.org/index.php?title=Iran_Focus (accessed on 25 August 2008)
Wikipedia: Iran Focus
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran_Focus (accessed on 25 August 2008)
Iranian Truth: Iran Focus: The MKO Propaganda Machine
http://www.iraniantruth.com/?p=802 (accessed on 25 August 2008)
Hillington Times: News Analysis: Freedom Fighter, 31 March 2005
http://www.hillingdontimes.co.uk/news/waronterror/display.var.583972.0.news_analysis_freedom_fighter.php (accessed on 25 August 2008)
Iran-Interlink.org: Getting to know MKO hooligan Leila Jaza'eri, 16 March 2008
http://www.iran-interlink.org/?mod=view&id=4201 (accessed on 25 August 2008)
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