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Sunday, December 25, 2011

Parazit: Voice of America or voice of the people? | The Stream - Al Jazeera English

Can the VOA help Iran’s pro-reform movement, or is it peddling Washington’s agenda?

“Tonight on Parazit, the news will not be censored... executions and stoning will be condemned... Parazit will tickle the foundation of power.” Coming from a popular television show, that may sound to some like an authentic voice of the Green Movement but others accuse the U.S. funded show of simply parroting Washington’s anti-Ahmadinejad rhetoric.

The programme has been called “The Daily Show of Iran” for its satirical and highly critical view of the country’s social and political environment.

Parazit circumvents the country’s official ban on outside satellite feeds and reaches millions of viewers weekly via illegal dishes, covertly distributed recordings, and proxy servers that allow online viewing. Parazit has nearly 1million ‘likes’ on Facebook, and the average episode receives at least as many hits online.

Parazit: Voice of America or voice of the people? | The Stream - Al Jazeera English

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