Why are Journalists Iranian spies according to the MEK?

Why are Journalists Iranian spies according to the MEK?

Why are Journalists Iranian spies according to the MEK?Nejat Society, July 22 2020:… The propaganda media of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) published a claim against a Swedish journalist who had come to the group’s camp in Albania, labeling him as the spy of the Iranian Government. The ID cards of the Swedish journalist Ivan Blanco Bravo and two children of MEK members have been published on the MEK’s websites to verify their claim! This is not the first time that the MEK accuses reporters and journalists of cooperating with the Islamic Republic. During the past decades, there were very few journalists who could manage to enter the MEK’s headquarters. Why are Journalists Iranian spies according to the MEK? 

Why are Journalists Iranian spies according to the MEK?Mujahedin-e Khalq MEK in Albania

Why are Journalists Iranian spies according to the MEK?

The propaganda media of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/ MEK/ PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) published a claim against a Swedish journalist who had come to the group’s camp in Albania, labeling him as the spy of the Iranian Government. The ID cards of the Swedish journalist Ivan Blanco Bravo and two children of MEK members have been published on the MEK’s websites to verify their claim!

This is not the first time that the MEK accuses reporters and journalists of cooperating with the Islamic Republic. During the past decades, there were very few journalists who could manage to enter the MEK’s headquarters.

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Actually, journalism is based on certain ethical principles that could terribly risk the MEK’s character. “Ethical Journalism Network” compiles five core principles of ethical journalism: 1. Truth and Accuracy, 2.Independence, 3. Fairness and Impartiality, 4. Humanity and 5. Accountability. Therefore, if an independent journalist wants to seek for the truth concerning humanity and fairness in the MEK’s headquarters, he will be responsible enough to transfer the evidences and the reality he or she witnesses in the camp. This is the conflicting point between the MEK and journalists. Although the MEK authorities have made efforts to portrait their establishment as a democratic entity made of freedom fighters, the realities have always leaked from the cult-like structure of the group.
June 13th, 2003 might have been the first time that the MEK authorities found out that the arrival of journalists in their camps will result in a disaster for them even if they take care for all elements of a democratic gesture. The date is the day a correspondent of the New York Times, Elizabeth Rubin published her revealing report on the life inside Camp Ashraf, Iraq. The MEK leaders had allowed Rubin to enter their large base in Iraq showing her different parts of the camp. She was received by a group of members running general interviews. Everything was under the supervision of the group authorities but finally the title of the published article turned out to be: “the Cult of Rajavi “. Rubin wrote a very detailed report of what she saw and heard in Camp Ashraf and frankly described MEK members in the camp as “a slight march to their gaits as at a factory in Maoist China”.
Since then, the MEK leaders seemed to be more cautious about the entrance of any person who is involved with mass media in any way. They do not allow any journalist to enter their camps unless they make sure that he or she is completely coerced to portray an ideal picture of their so-called freedom fighters.

Therefore, those many journalists and reporters who sought to discover the truth of the world inside the MEK and to verify the testimonies of defectors, have been always attacked by the MEK authorities; they were labeled as Iranian spies and harassed by the guards of the group’s camps.

One of the most recent accounts of such attitudes towards journalists took place in 2018. Lindsey Hilsum of the British Channel 4 TV tried to film a documentary of Camp Ashraf 3 in Manez north of Tirana but she was barred by the Abanian guards of the camp. Some of the group members came to the barbed wires and called her “terrorist” and “Iranian spy”. In September 2018, Hilsum published an eleven-minute video report titled “The shadowy cult Trump advisors tout as an alternative to the Iranian government”. She described the MEK as a political religious cult that brainwashes its members; forces celibacy and oppresses dissent.

The International editor of Channel 4 who did not succeed to access the inside of the MEK’s base had to listen to the testimonies of those who have left the group. So, she interviewed the Mohammadis, the parents of Somayeh.

Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Maryam Rajavi Cult, NCRI … ) hostage takers attack father of Somayeh Mohammadi, in AlbaniaMojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Maryam Rajavi Cult, NCRI … ) hostage takers attack father of Somayeh Mohammadi, in Albania

They were active in Albania at that time making efforts to visit their daughter in the MEK. Hilsum’s report also shows Somayeh’s parents being attacked by the MEK agents in the streets of Tirana.

Linda Presley and Albana Kasapi are BBC correspondents who went to the gates of Ashraf 3 last year. They were not allowed to enter the camp so they restricted their report to the interviews with defectors of the group who reside in Albania and with Albanian authorities. In November 2019, they published a report titled, “The Iranian opposition fighters who mustn’t think about sex”. In their article, they clarified:

“Uninvited journalists are not welcome here. But in July this year, thousands attended the MEK’s Free Iran event at the camp. Politicians from around the globe, influential Albanians and people from the nearby village of Manze, joined thousands of MEK members and their leader, Maryam Rajavi, in the glitzy auditorium. US President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, addressed the crowd.”

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The journalists also stated that the BBC was not able to put any of this to the MEK, because the organization refused to be interviewed. Despite, all of these precautions that the MEK leaders take care about, sometimes the invited journalists do not act the way the leaders expect. Alice taylor is the British journalist who lives in Albania.

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She was invited to the MEK’s grand gathering in Ashraf 3 in August 2019. She then published her observations of the MEK’s annual grand gathering in Balkanista weblog and her tweeter account under the title “My Day with the MEK”. Her account simply reveals crucial facts about the internal structure of the MEK. For example, she writes about the way she was first received at the event:

“The security guard confiscated my lipstick, face powder, cigarettes, and lighter and put them in a plastic bag, advising me I could collect them afterwards. They tried to confiscate my mobile phone as well, but I argued that having a one-month-old daughter at home, I needed to be contactable. A male MEK member was called over and after pleading my case, I was allowed to take my phone inside on the condition I switched off the internet (I didn’t).”

When she first introduces herself as a journalist to one of the event organizers, she was faced with anger. She got shocked to hear the man telling her “who the hell told you to be here?”. She realized that there were no other journalist, reporter or TV staff in the hall. She just saw a few cameramen and photographers whom she was sure they were MEK members. Alice who had been invited to the event by one of the female commandants of the group, left the gathering after a few hours. Fed up with the repetitive speeches “broken up by periods of coordinated chanting and flag-waving with each outburst as frenetic and enthusiastic as the one before”, she did not answer the Mujahed woman’s consequent phone calls.

And ultimately, another journalist from the New York Times entered Camp Ashraf 3 in Albania. Patrick Kingsley waited for hours in front of the camp before he was allowed to enter. His presence in Ashraf 3 was considered a new opportunity by the MEK leaders to correct the impressions of the former NYT’s journalist Elizabeth Rubin. However, their efforts to portrait the camp as a nice-looking place embellished with museums, gym, music studio and coffee shop, did not work.

 

They tried to convince Kingsley and his photographer colleague that the group members are freedom fighters who are friendly and peacefully devoted to the group’s cause: the freedom of Iranians. But his report published on February 16th 2020, revealed new dimensions of the life of whom he called “Highly Secretive Iranian Rebels”. He described his “tour” in Ashraf 3 as “series of interviews, propaganda sessions and tours”.

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Kingsley believes that the MEK leaders allowed him to enter the camp because they “perhaps hoped to correct the impression left by previous journalistic encounters” about 17 years ago. According to Kinsley Rubin’s “subjects spoke from a rehearsed script, and she was barred from talking to people in private”. So Kingsley was allowed to interview Somayeh Mohammadi in private. The outcome was obvious. As before, Somayeh denies her parents’ desire to meet her accusing them of being the Iranian regime’s agent.
However, the NYT’s correspondent does not stop challenging the group. When he asks Ali Safavi about the whereabouts of Massoud Rajavi, the disappeared leader of the MEK, he answers, “Well, we can’t talk about that, that’s … ”. “He trailed off, staring at his feet,” Kingsley writes.
In his two-day tour in Ashraf he does not see more than 200 people around the camp although he was told that the group has 2500 members. He thinks that the rest are isolated. Like any other independent journalist Kingsley decides to interview ten of many defectors of the MEK who live in Albania. Based on their testimonies, he writes of the MEK’s cult-like structure and the troll farm of the group whose job is to launch propaganda against the Iranian government on the Internet.

He also interviews certain US army officials who were in charge of the MEK camp in Iraq after the US invasion. The MEK authorities suggested some army officials who trust but as Kingsley tweets: “But I was keen to find former US officials who no longer have ties with the MEK. They told a very different story.”

Capt. Matthew Woodside, a former naval reservist who oversaw American policy at the Iraqi camp between 2004 and 2005, was not one of those whom the MEK suggested. “I find that organization absolutely repulsive,” Captain Woodside told Kingsley. “I am astounded that they’re in Albania.”

After the publication of the report, Kingsley tweets some additional explanations about his observations that exposes more revelations about the dark life in “the Cult of Rajavi”. For instance, he tweets: ‘’naturally, they all denied most of what is said about the group. They said celibacy, forced divorce and rejection of family life is just a necessary part of overthrowing the Iranian government. One admitted the self-criticism. One admitted it the corrected himself. The rest denied.“

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Therefore, as the mass media and social networks are highly effective to transfer the news, the presence of an independent journalist inside or outside the MEK’s headquarters is totally against the interests of the group and eventually they are all labeled by the MEK leaders as the agents of the Iranian intelligence. The leaders are so terrified of journalists that they accuse a son –who wants to visit his mother in the group—of being the Iranian agent because he is accompanied with a Swedish journalist. This is the absolute right of any child to see his or her mother even though their previous unsuccessful efforts to visit their mothers have made them use mental pressure by bringing a journalist with them.

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Nobody Can Be “Comfortable” With Regime Change Involving MEK

Nobody Can Be “Comfortable” With Regime Change Involving MEKMassoud Khodabandeh, Lobe Log, August 23 2019:… So, when Giuliani says we should be “comfortable” with this group, right-minded people the world over can honestly and unequivocally answer, “No, we are not comfortable ignoring this harsh reality just because the MEK amplifies an anti-Iran message to the world, and no, we don’t believe the MEK have any kind of future in Iran”. Nobody Can Be “Comfortable” With Regime Change Involving MEK 

MSNBC_Massoud_KhodabandehThe MEK’s man inside the White House (Maryam Rajavi cult, Mojahedin Khalq)

Nobody Can Be “Comfortable” With Regime Change Involving MEK

By: Massoud and Anne Khodabandeh (Middle East Strategy Conslultants)

Nobody Can Be “Comfortable” With Regime Change Involving MEKLeaked photo of MEK’s Albanian headquarters

In 2017, John Bolton promised the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK)—wrongly, it turned out—that they would be celebrating in Tehran before the Iranian Revolution’s 40th anniversary in February 2019. This July, at the MEK’s five-day conference in Albania, keynote speaker Rudy Giuliani still insisted the MEK is a “government in exile” and claimed the MEK is “a group that should make us comfortable having regime change”.

For context, promoting a group which is universally despised by Iranians inside and outside the country as traitors already stretches credulity. There is no evidence that Iranians are calling for severe sanctions against themselves. Nor are they calling for regime change. The MEK’s only audience in this respect are a warmongering cabal of Americans, Saudis, Israelis, and British, who like to hear what they want to hear. The rest of the world just isn’t that comfortable with this bizarre, terrorist cult.

Lately, even Europe has distanced itself from lending succour to the group. The MEK no longer has free access to the European Parliament where its activists would harass the MEPs and their staff. This year the MEK was barred from holding its annual Villepinte rally in France and was also banned from rallying by Germany. As a result of this, MEK leader Maryam Rajavi has decamped from Paris to Albania and the MEK announced that Albania is the group’s new headquarters.

The move from Iraq to Albania ought to have allowed unprecedented access to Western journalists keen to investigate the honey pot around which the anti-Iran cabal buzz with excitement. They were soon disappointed, as the MEK built a de facto extra-territorial enclave in Manëz and posted armed guards to keep out unwanted attention. But although the group were physically hidden from view, they were very exposed through their cyber activities.

Although it had been known for some time that the MEK operates a click farm from Albania, it was Murteza Hussain in The Intercept who revealed how the MEK uses fake social media accounts to curate a false narrative about Iran to influence US policy. The Heshmat Alavi scandal focused media attention on what is really happening inside the MEK behind the slickly marketed brand image that Giuliani so admires. This endeavour to scrutinise the MEK has been aided by a series of photographs which were leaked from inside the MEK’s camp in Albania and published in Iran. The photos are very revealing, but in ways that the MEK probably didn’t intend or realise when they were taken. Since the MEK so zealously hides its inner world from public scrutiny, these photos offer us an unguarded glimpse into the operational and organisational life of the cult.

The fact that the photos were taken at all is significant. At first glance they could be showing a session for seniors at the local library or community centre. But we see the women are wearing military uniforms and the men are all wearing similar shirts. Some are wearing ties. This is something the MEK don’t ever do unless in a public facing role. This indicates the images have been deliberately staged for a particular external audience. Certainly they were not meant for internal consumption, but neither is this for the wider public or else they would be on the MEK’s own websites. Based on information about the MEK already in the public domain, we can assume these photos were commissioned by Maryam Rajavi as a marketing ploy to ‘sell’ the MEK brand to financiers and backers.

Nobody Can Be “Comfortable” With Regime Change Involving MEKLeaked photos showing MEK members at work

There is clearly a deliberate effort to show that the MEK are “professional” workers in this computer room. Everyone is posed looking intently at a screen. Nobody is “off duty” in the pictures; yawning, stretching, drinking coffee, the normal activities of any workers. There is no evidence of relaxed, friendly chat between co-workers, everyone looks very serious. There are no cups of coffee or snacks on the desks. No pictures of family, husbands, wives, children, pets even. No plants or flowers. In spite of the rows of desks being squashed together closely, everyone looks very isolated.

There might be nothing wrong with that. After all, employers want to see their workers busy. But organisational photographs are also about marketing a brand, which includes marketing the core values of an entity. A group which claims, as the MEK does, that it is funded by public donations to struggle for democracy and human rights would surely want to create an image in the mind of the public about transparency, effectiveness, and positivity. By way of contrast, see how Human Rights Watch advertises its work culture. Even a quick Google image search on ‘call center worker’ reveals pictures of relaxed and smiling workers rather than people who look like battery hens. This is not the image any normal company or government office would use to promote their workplace.

In the MEK’s advertising photos the workers are gender segregated. Men sit in one room, women in another. The women all wear hijab. There is no pluralism here. The use of garden chairs and workers using glasses unsuited to screen work reveals that this management doesn’t care at all about the safety, comfort or wellbeing of the workers. They are using a mixture of outdated monitors and laptops. The cables are frayed and tangled.

There is no indication that the workers are happy at their workstations or enjoying their work. Why would they be with the picture of their leader bearing down on them, as in all dictatorships, lest they forget why they are there and who is in charge? (The picture of a solitary Maryam Rajavi is a clear acknowledgement that her husband Massoud Rajavi is dead.)

The MEK’s cultic system means that decisions are imposed from the top down. This means that those decisions are only as intelligent as the leadership. What Rajavi doesn’t understand is that these photos show beyond any words that the MEK doesn’t share our values. The leader is selling unthinking, unquestioning, obedient slaves, people who won’t act or speak unless ordered to do so. And that would only be ordered if it were productive for the MEK, regardless of the needs or desires of the worker.

What these images portray are conditions of modern slavery. These are elderly people who are unable to escape this cult and are coerced into performing work for which they receive no recompense. They exist on cruelly basic accommodation and sustenance, whereby even asking for new underwear puts the petitioner under question about their loyalty to the leader and the cause. They cannot leave because in Albania they have nowhere to go, no identity documents or work permits, no money, and they do not speak the local language. And also because the Trump administration wants the MEK to be there.

So, when Giuliani says we should be “comfortable” with this group, right-minded people the world over can honestly and unequivocally answer, “No, we are not comfortable ignoring this harsh reality just because the MEK amplifies an anti-Iran message to the world, and no, we don’t believe the MEK have any kind of future in Iran”.

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Bolton Vs. Zarif On MEK

Bolton Zarif MEK IranMassoud Khodabandeh, Lobe Log, May 03 2019:… Hillary Clinton did not take money from the MEK while it was listed as a terrorist entity. And taking the group off the U.S. terrorist list, though controversial at the time due to the MEK’s own well-funded pressure campaign, was not wrong, as it enabled the UNHCR to relocate the members to the safety of a third country. Her plan to correct the mistakes of the Bush administration was a vital step toward making the Middle East and the rest of the world, including the United States, a safer place. Meanwhile, John Bolton continued to take money to promote the MEK’s warmongering agenda against American interests. Bolton’s False Flag Op Involving MEK

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Bolton Vs. Zarif On MEK  

By: Massoud Khodabandeh (Middle East Strategy Conslultants)

Bolton Zarif MEK Iran Bolton’s False Flag Op Involving MEKHillary Cinton and John Bolton

When Iran’s Foreign Minister Javad Zarif took to the airwaves during his visit to the UN in New York, particularly for an interview with Fox News, a frisson of surprised anticipation swept the American political polity. How was it possible that Iran, the pariah nation, not only had the audacity to enter the lion’s den, but from there to lecture the lion on its dirty behavior!

Of course, this is a spat that Iran cannot easily win. What mattered most was that Zarif did not go for the throat of the lion but instead those who are pulling its chain. In short, he accused a “B team”  of actively working to wage war on his country. And he singled out National Security Advisor John Bolton for supporting the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), a group that believes in fomenting violent regime change in Iran.

A goaded Bolton went on Fox News to reply. But instead of answering Zarif’s accusations, Bolton merely blamed former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for taking the MEK off the U.S. terrorism list in 2012. This was fantastic hubris. Bolton himself supported the MEK all the time it was on the list, attending rallies and taking speakers’ fees worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Bolton’s accusations against Clinton do not hold water. He, along with then Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, started the war with Iraq partly on the pretext that Saddam Hussein supported terrorist groups, including the MEK, as an instrument of his foreign policy. Bolton was also on board with Rumsfeld when the United States unilaterally granted Protected Persons status to the MEK even while it was recognized a terrorist entity—in direct violation of international law.

With the election of President Obama in 2009, newly appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was left to clear up the mess Bolton and the cabal of neoconservatives created in Iraq. One of those problems was continued U.S. support for the MEK (which the United States designated a terrorist entity in 1997). With the help of a new tough negotiator in the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq, Clinton set about finding a peaceful resolution to the standoff between the sovereign Iraqi government and the unwanted and parasitic MEK.

Clinton searched for third countries to absorb the MEK. But the MEK, enjoying the backing of anti-Iran regime change pundits in Saudi Arabia, Israel, and the United States (including Bolton), dug in its heels and refused to be disbanded. In the end, only the dependent NATO ally Albania agreed to take the group’s members. Clinton authorized $10 million for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to transfer the MEK to Albania. She paid another $10 million for the establishment of a de-radicalization institute in Tirana to first deal with the MEK as preparation for handling returning Islamic State families. Another $10 million languishes in the account of the U.S. embassy in Tirana, money to rehabilitate the MEK members into normal society that Bolton and his cabal blocked.

All this was written into an agreement between the governments of Iraq, the United States, and Albania along with the UNHCR and the MEK. At that time this author was working as a consultant to the Iraqi government on security issues, including the safe containment and deportation of the MEK. I was relieved when the Obama administration found a safe and above all a peaceful solution to the threat posed by the MEK to the security of Iraq. I was pleased to find in this agreement specific steps toward humanizing individual MEK members and restoring them to normal life and their families.

As someone familiar with the MEK, John Bolton must then and is certainly now fully cognizant of the beneficial elements of this agreement. Yet, almost as soon as President Trump was elected, the de-radicalization project was put on hold, allowing the MEK over the next year to regroup and reactivate its anti-Iran activities. With the support of Bolton, former Senator John McCain, Rudi Giuliani, and a whole cast of minor cheerleading warmongers, the MEK has constructed a purpose-built closed training camp in Albania in which the members are kept as modern slaves to serve the MEK’s propaganda and terrorist agenda.

For all her faults, Hillary Clinton did not take money from the MEK while it was listed as a terrorist entity. And taking the group off the U.S. terrorist list, though controversial at the time due to the MEK’s own well-funded pressure campaign, was not wrong, as it enabled the UNHCR to relocate the members to the safety of a third country. Her plan to correct the mistakes of the Bush administration was a vital step toward making the Middle East and the rest of the world, including the United States, a safer place. Meanwhile, John Bolton continued to take money to promote the MEK’s warmongering agenda against American interests.

Before 2016, Iran did not have a diplomatic presence in Albania. Its embassy there dealt primarily with economic and cultural relations. But in 2018, the Albanian government of Edi Rama expelled two newly arrived Iranian diplomats at the behest of the Trump administration. John Bolton boasted about the achievement. Due to overt US support for the MEK, Iran drew its front line not in the Middle East but on the edge of the EU.

Now, with the Iranian foreign minister boldly speaking to the media inside the United States, Bolton has been reduced to deflecting rather than rebutting his accusations. Bolton’s master plan for a war against Iran has not only backfired but prompted Tehran to redraw its front line once again, this time in Washington, DC itself.

Massoud Khodabandeh is the director of Middle East Strategy Consultants and has worked long-term with the authorities in Iraq to bring about a peaceful solution to the impasse at Camp Liberty and help rescue other victims of the Mojahedin-e Khalq cult. Among other publications, he co-authored the book “The Life of Camp Ashraf: Victims of Many Masters” with his wife Anne Singleton. They also published an academic paper on the MEK’s use of the Internet.

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