November 17, 2019
Director, BBC World Service
Dear Mr. Angus,
The claims of a fellow by the name of Gholam Mirzai were one of the cornerstones of your story “The Iranian opposition fighters who mustn’t think about sex” (BBC, Nov 11, 2019).
In the article, he conjured up a tale that his family came searching for him in Iraq in Camp Ashraf. But the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) did not tell him that. He made the preposterous claim that “They didn’t tell me anything about my wife and son.”
But a video recording of that time and broadcast for all the world to see has another story, by none other than Mirzai himself:
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Mirzai (translated from Farsi): “He who at Ashraf entrance calls my name on loudspeakers, claiming to be my family is not my family but mercenary of the MOIS. I’ve said this before, and I hereby repeat they are regime’s mercenaries and we are not going to ever meet them.”
This makes it more than obvious that what the MOIS agent, Mirazi, said and was published by the BBC was a total and brazen lie.
BBC did not publish my rebuttal in defiance of principles of journalism. I think at least this memo and the fact that what Mirzai said to BBC was an obvious lie, should be brought to the attention of BBC readers.