Web
	Analytics Made Easy - StatCounter
Rasa News Agency - UK-based anti-Iran TV channel funded by Saudis: Report
Monday, December 17, 2018
Time : Thursday, November 1, 2018
News ID: 441300
 
UK-based anti-Iran TV channel funded by Saudis: Report
Rasa - A UK-based anti-Iran television channel is being funded through a secretive offshore entity and a company whose director is a Saudi Arabian businessman with close links to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, British media have revealed.

RNA - A source has told the Guardian newspaper that the Saudi prince, who is also known as MBS and is likely responsible for the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is the force behind Iran International.

 

The source told the Guardian that Saud al-Qahtani, who served as media adviser to MBS and was among several senior officials removed in connection with Khashoggi’s murder, was involved in the funding of Iran International.

 

“It is money coming from the royal court,” the source said, when speaking about the Saudi crown prince.

 

Volant Media, the company that runs Iran International, has a director named Adel Abdulkarim, who is a Saudi national. He has had a long working relationship with well-connected Saudi executives, some of who have links to the Saudi ruling family.

 

“While Saudi Arabia shows zero tolerance for criticism of its absolute monarchy, as underlined by Khashoggi’s murder, it is setting up media organizations in other languages promoting free speech,” the Guardian said.

 

The disclosures contradict the channel’s claim that it has editorial independence, and come at a time of growing fears about a number of Saudi-linked stations operating across London.

 

Iran International emerged abruptly on the London media scene last year, with many of its 100 or so employees receiving generous salaries, often double what rivals paid, but has been elusive about its source of funding, according to the Guardian.

 

The station, which is operating out of Chiswick, a district in London, has become a hub of anti-Iran Persian language channels, which also include BBC’s Persian service.

 

According to one source, Saudi Arabia gave $250 million (£197 million) in funding to help the launch of Iran International, which runs no commercial advertising.

 

“It appears that Iran International is part and parcel of the Saudi crown prince’s decision to take a more aggressive posture against Iran, emboldened, no doubt, by the Trump administration,” said Eskandar Sadeghi-Boroujerdi, a postdoctoral research fellow in modern Iranian history at the University of Oxford.

 

Earlier this summer, the station was criticized for broadcasting live coverage of a rally by the anti-Iran terrorist group Mujahedin Khalq Organization (MKO), which has links to Saudi Arabia and was once listed as a terrorist organization in the US and Europe.

 

According to Press TV, senior officials in the administration of US President Donald Trump, including National Security Adviser John Bolton, as well as Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, are advocates of MKO.

 

Despite the damning revelations, Rob Beynon, the acting head of Iran International, denied that the television station was getting orders from the Saudi government.

 

However, he did not deny that the channel was funded by Riyadh.

 

“Our output is governed not by any external individuals but by our editorial guidelines, which are published in English and Farsi on our website,” Beynon said.

 

847/940

Share
Send Comment
Name :
E-mail:(Optional)
Comment Text:
Send
Comments
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583020/funeral-West-Bank-Israel
Palestinian teenage boy killed by Israeli forces laid to rest
Rasa - Palestinians have held a funeral procession for a teenager shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes in the occupied West Bank.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000552
'Mayhem', 'Revolution' Like Never Before If British Politicians Don't Deliver Brexit: Yellow Vests UK
Rasa - Yellow vest-wearing activists took to the streets of London on Friday, blocking traffic and chanting pro-Brexit slogans, saying about their mistrust in politicians and hopes for a clean exit fr...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583010/Afghanistan-Kunar-airstrike
US airstrike kills 20 civilians in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar: Officials
Rasa - At least 20 women and children have been killed in an airstrike conducted by US warplanes in Afghanistan’s eastern province of Kunar, local officials say.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000410
US Sends $331mln Bill to Saudi Arabia, UAE After Refueling 'Accounting Error'
Rasa - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should pay the US military $331 million more for the aerial refueling they received during the Yemen war, the Pentagon said, citing an "accounting erro...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583003/India-Kashmir-protest-proindependence-militants
7 Kashmir civilians shot dead by Indian troops
Rasa - Seven civilians have been killed and nearly two dozen injured when Indian troops fired on protesters in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000160
Israeli Forces Injure Tens of Palestinians at Gaza Border, West Bank: Report
Rasa - Dozens of Palestinians were injured by live bullets or rubber-coated rounds on Friday as Israeli forces attacked hundreds of people at Gaza border and many points of friction across the occupie...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/583004/Israels-Chief-of-General-Staff-Eizenkot-travelled-to-UAE-twice-last-month-Report
Israel's Chief of General Staff traveled to UAE twice last month: Report
Rasa - The president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) says the chief of staff of the Israeli military, Gadi Eisenkot, secretly traveled twice in November to the United Arab Emir...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000222
Israeli Forces Detain 100 Palestinians in West Bank
Rasa - Israeli forces arrested more than 100 Palestinians, including lawmakers and former prisoners, during large-scale raids that targeted many areas across the occupied West Bank throughout the past...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582986/Myanmar-president-Win-Myint-Rohingya-Muslims-Rakhine
Myanmar praises violence-hit Rakhine for ‘auspicious’ year
Rasa - Myanmar's president has turned a blind eye to widespread atrocities perpetrated against the Rohingya Muslims, describing the current year as “auspicious” for Rakhine state, the epicenter of the...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/imgrep.aspx?nn=13970922000412
Yemeni People Collect Clean Water in Sana'a
Rasa - Millions of desperate children and families across Yemen could soon be without food, clean water or sanitation because of the deepening economic crisis and unrelenting violence in the port city...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970924000240
Syrian Army Preempts Terrorists' Offensives from Demilitarized Zone
Rasa - The Damascus Army's artillery and missile units pounded the movements of Tahrir al-Sham Hay'at (the Levant Liberation Board or the Al-Nusra Front) and its allies from the demilitarized zone in ...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582967/Iraq-Lebanon-war-Israel-United-States-Syria
Iraqi fighters: Hezbollah not to be left alone in war
Rasa - An Iraqi anti-terror paramilitary group has pledged to stand by Hezbollah in the event of a war following recent Israeli operations near the Lebanese border.
Sunday, December 16, 2018
2:31
8.64 MB
Rasa - Imam Hassan al-Askari, the 11th Shiites' Imam, advised his followers that it is their duty to attract people's hearts and minds to Ahl al-Bait (Family of Prophet Muhammad) by their actions and ...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/15/582966/Israel-Palestine-Protest
Israeli brutality sign of panic, weakness: Journalist
Rasa - Israel has resorted to harsh tactics in the face of recent Palestinian protests, because the Israeli officials are well aware of their weaknesses in dealing with freedom-seeking Palestinians, s...
Sunday, December 16, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/14/582940/US-Pentagon-Yemen-war-air-refueling-Saudi-UAE
US asks Saudi, UAE to pay $331mn more for Yemen War aerial refueling
Rasa - Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates should pay the US military $331 million more for the aerial refueling they received during the Yemen war, the Pentagon has said, citing an "accounting ...
Saturday, December 15, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970923000760
Senate Votes to End US Support for Saudi War on Yemen: What Next?
Rasa - On Thursday, December 13, the United States Senate passed S.J. Resolution 54.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/14/582928/Israel-kills-Palestinian-Ramallah-Gaza
Israeli forces kill Palestinian, injure dozens
Rasa - A Palestinian man has been killed by Israeli fire in the occupied West Bank and at least 85 Palestinians have been injured in clashes during anti-occupation protests along the border between th...
Saturday, December 15, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970922001026
Selling Murder in Yemen: The Be-All and End-All of US Foreign Policy
Rasa - According to the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project (ACLED), more than 60,000 people have been killed in the US-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen since January 2016 (that's 9 months afte...
Saturday, December 15, 2018
https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2018/12/14/582927/Mistura-UN-Iran-Turkey-Russia-Syria-Geneva
Iran, Russia, Turkey to meet UN envoy on Syria next week: UN statement
Rasa - The United Nations Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will hold talks with senior officials from Iran, Russia and Turkey, as guarantors of the Syria peace process, in Geneva early next ...
Saturday, December 15, 2018
http://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13970923000371
Israeli Troops Arrest Dozens of Activists, Lawmakers in West Bank: Hamas
Rasa - Israeli forces have arrested dozens of Hamas activists, including lawmakers, in overnight raids, a Hamas official in the West Bank said on Friday.