Jailed Academics Shown on Iranian TV

Comment on reason for holding, stop short of confessing
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Jul 19, 2007 4:30 AM CDT
Kian Tajbakhsh, a detained Iranian-American speaking in this image taken from TV during a TV interview at an unknown location in Iran that was aired in Iran on Monday July 16, 2007. Iranian state-run...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Iranian national TV aired interviews with two American-Iranians being held in Iran's notorious Evin prison under suspicion of being involved in a US-backed plot to stage a revolution. The show, entitled "In the Name of Democracy," juxtaposed the interviews with footage of other popular uprisings—implying that the US has similar plans for Iran.

Haleh Esfandiari, a Woodrow Wilson Center scholar, said her "job was to identify lecturers through contacting Iranians in America or contacting Iranian intellectuals when visiting Iran.  A network of these contacted speech-makers was created ... The main aim was to identify key figures ... and to connect them to the network."  Washington said any broadcast confessions have no legitimacy.