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The family of Kaveh Alipour, a 19-year-old Iranian killed amidst protests in Tehran, was allegedly charged a "bullet fee" by Iranian security forces, according to a report Tuesday in the Wall Street Journal.
"Upon learning of his son's death, the elder Mr. Alipour was told the family had to pay an equivalent of $3,000 as a "bullet fee"—a fee for the bullet used by security forces—before taking the body back," relatives purportedly told the Journal.
With all honest respect for the brave and distinguished journalist Farnaz Fassihi, but I would like to see this story validated by another reporter. Some points give reason for concern:
- This is the first reporting of such an incident, such Orwellian behaviour by Iranian officials has never been reported before.
- No other reporter or news agency confirmed this story so far.
- Farnaz Fassihi is an expert on propaganda, having written the book "What Orwell Didn't Know, Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics." I don't want to make any accusations, but she certainly has both the opportunity and the means to pull off a propaganda stunt.
- She was born in the US to Iranian parents and grew up in Teheran. She understandably has a lot of sympathy for the Iranian people, so she perhaps has a motive for wanting to hurt the oppresive regime.
- This story is very "convenient" for the opposition, to be used as a highly emotional argument against the regime. Another similarly "convenient" story was the 1990 report about Iraqi soldiers killing babies in a Kuwaiti hospital, which was later debunked as a deliberate propaganda lie made up by a PR agency. But by then, public opinion had turned against Saddam Hussein, providing the grounds for the first Iraq war.
No misunderstanding, pls, I'm only calling for some restraint until this story has been confirmed by another reporter. I'm sure Ms. Fassihi, with her impressive experience and professional attitude, will understand that this story is explosive enough to warrant further investigation.
Originally posted by TrueAmerican
reply to post by ProtoplasmicTraveler
You know what, instead of just spewing your rhetoric and blindly dismissing both The Wall Street Journal and Rawstory as bogus, how about producing some credible evidence yourself that this story is false?
I provided two links with mine, so let's see you provide some links to the contrary with yours... Otherwise your opinion is pretty hypocritical, because you provide nothing at all and yet attack two credible sources based on your own misguided suspicion. Bah. You usually have interesting viewpoints PT, but you are quickly losing me with comments like this.
Report: Iran Tries to Charge Slain Man's Family $3,000 for Bullet That Killed Him
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 * Print * Share This
An Iranian couple who lost their only son amid violent protests in Tehran say they were told they would have to pay $3,000 to recover his body -- a "bullet fee," they were told, to cover the cost of the bullet that killed him -- the Wall Street Journal reported. The victim, Kaveh Alipour, 19, was just a week shy of his wedding when he was shot in the head as he stood at an intersection while returning from acting class Saturday, his family told the Wall Street Journal. After searching for Alipour through the night, his father eventually learned of his death at the morgue the following day. Relatives said he was told the family would have to pay the equivalent of $3,000 before taking his body, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Family of Iranian slain man charged of $3000 for "bullet fee"
Originally posted by Jadette
This is what I get for not checking out something on my own. This guy and his comment are bogus, she didn't write that book at all.
"What Orwell Didn't Know, Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics" was written by Andras Szanto. Farnaz Fassihi wrote "Waiting for an Ordinary Day: The Unraveling of Life in Iraq"
I wouldn't have posted his comment if I had known. My apologies.
Farnaz Fassihi (May 25, 1971) is the deputy bureau chief of Middle East and Africa for The Wall Street Journal and the author of Waiting for An Ordinary Day, a memoir of her four years covering the Iraq war and witnessing the unraveling of life for Iraqi citizens. She was born in the United States to Iranian parents and grew up in Tehran, Iran and Portland, Oregon. She received a B.A. in English from Tehran University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Fassihi is widely known for penning a famous email in 2004 about the deteriorating situation in Iraq, which was hailed as the first unvarnished account of the war. The email was published in newspapers, websites and blogs around the world and became the subject of a Doonesbury cartoon. Her email is included in an anthology of historical letters written by American women, Women’s Letters, America from the Revolutionary War to the Present. She contributed an essay about the Iraq war and propaganda in the book, What Orwell Didn’t Know, Propaganda and the New Face of American Politics.