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Revolutionary Guards Extend Reach to Iran’s Media

November 5, 2009

by Farnaz Fashihi
from The Wall Street Journal

iranIran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps, already an economic, political and military power, is quietly pushing into a new domain: the media.

By March, the Revolutionary Guards plan to launch Atlas, a news agency modeled on services such as the Associated Press and the British Broadcasting Corp., according to semiofficial Iranian news sites. The move comes as the Guards are increasing control over the conservative Fars News Agency, which has become the mouthpiece of the Iranian regime. Fars denies that it is linked to the Guards.

On Thursday, Brig. Gen. Mohammad Reza Naqdi, the head of the Basij, a Revolutionary Guard volunteer task force, announced what he called a new era of “super media power” cooperation between the media and the Revolutionary Guards, according to official Iranian news outlets. more

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