The Iranian Regime has launched a new round of misinformation campaign to once again target its main opposition, the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK), with the intention of discrediting and reducing the MEK’s influence and popularity in Iran and around the world and paving the way for more terror plots abroad.
As the international pressure on Iran increases, including sanctions by the US and Europe following Iran-backed acts of terror, Iran’s ballistic missile tests and continuing nuclear missile programme, the regime feels the pressure and its revenue has dampened. But rather than changing its behaviour to improve its relations with the international community or address the needs of the Iranian people, who are out in the streets protesting on a daily basis, Iran regime hopes that slandering its democratic opposition will distract the various crises that are embroiling the mullahs.
Iran has seen a mass uprising by its people since the end of 2017, the likes of which not seen for over 40 years since the 1979 Revolution, with the people en-masse calling for regime change, rather than reform. This has visibly shaken the mullahs, who blame the MEK for the protests rather than the collapse of Iran’s economy with high inflation rate, over 30% unemployment and rapid devaluation of the currency, so they are lashing out through the only way they know, propaganda and misinformation in order to turn the world against the MEK, and by extension, the Iranian people.
The mullahs demonization campaign spreads the same lies previously propagated by the regime’s founder and former Supreme Leader Ruhollah Khomeini against the MEK, using agents of the regime’s intelligence and suppressive organs including MOIS and IRGC who claim to be former MEK members, and also using written-ups by journalists who know nothing of fair and balanced reporting.
One recent article in the German Der Spiegel spewed more than 60 lies and baseless accusations against the MEK, with claims that are at best questionable, and basically a rehashing of information from the Iranian intelligence services.
The detailed response by the NCRI’s Representative in Germany to the Der Spiegel’s fake report on MEK sheds more light on how the regime in Iran, in one instance, is using Der Spiegel and the author(s) of the article in its misinformation campaign against Iran’s democratic opposition.
The question is, if the MEK is as insignificant as the mullahs have often been claiming, why then the Regime is trying so hard to discredit them?
In fact, the Iranian Regime will attack anyone who tries to bring democratic change to Iran and for the mullahs misinformation is the nicest way they do it. Over 120,000 MEK members have been killed in Iran since 1979, with 30,000 being slaughtered in the summer of 1988 alone. Amnesty International recently said that Iran criminalizes any political activism. The international human rights organization considers the Regime’s failure to bring the criminals to justice for this massacre as “an ongoing crime against humanity”.
The people of Iran have made their choice clear. They are calling for a regime change in Iran and recognition of Iran’s opposition (NCRI) as the only democratic alternative because the current ruling regime cannot and will not reform. Therefore, the wider world should reject the mullahs misinformation campaign and support the Iranian people’s legitimate right for resistance and democratic change in Iran.