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About the Service

Established in 2003, Radio Farda is a trusted source of information and a symbol of free expression for Iranians.  

Overcoming challenges and risks, the service provides unbiased reports and analysis as well as cultural content across platforms, offering a lifeline of reliable information in a landscape dominated by state-controlled media. 

Expanding social media audience – exceeding 3.8 million Instagram followers and reaching 26 million digital users.  

Since mid-2022, Radio Farda launched over a dozen new podcasts covering a range of topics, including “Zpod,” which features Iranian youth discussing issues that are important to them. 

Documenting the truth about the regime’s victims, including those who were killed in the 2022 nationwide protests against mandatory hijab enforcement. 

Published exclusive interviews with family members of young victims – Mahsa Amini, Nika Shakarami, and Hadis Najafi.  

Refuted state disinformation about the cause of death of protesters and uncovered intimidation campaigns. 

Continue exposing state corruption and mismanagement through high-impact investigative and data-driven reports. 

Farda’s data-driven report shed new light on a little-known plan of the Iranian government titled the “Amin Plan,” a major initiative aimed at significantly expanding and institutionalizing the presence of clerics in schools. 

Farda exclusively revealed an audio file of an Islamic Revolutionary Guard (IRGC) top commanders meeting that was picked up by other media.  

Reaching Audiences

Media Climate

Reporters Without Borders ranks Iran 177th out of 180 countries in its World Press Freedom Index.  

Radio Farda and RFE/RL’s former President and CEO were sanctioned by the government of Iran. 

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Latest Updates

RFE/RL Sanctioned by Government of Iran, Denounces Designation as Supporter of International Terrorism

Today, the government of Iran added RFE/RL’s Persian-language service, known locally as Radio Farda, to a list of individuals and organizations sanctioned for supporting international terrorism or inciting violence.

The RFE/RL logo, which reads RadioFreeEurope/Radio Liberty next to a logo of an orange torch

Threats To RFE/RL Journalists Multiply As World Marks Press Freedom Day

Media freedom is under severe pressure throughout RFE/RL’s 23-country coverage region.

RFE/RL Reporters 2017

RFE/RL Reporters Faced ‘Relentless Pressure’ In 12 Of 23 Countries In 2017

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) journalists have been targeted in no fewer than 38 incidents in at least 12 of the countries they cover in 2017.

Service Director

Kambiz Fattahi

Kambiz Fattahi assumed the role of Director at RFE/RL’s Persian-language Service (Radio Farda) in May 2022. Previously, he led the BBC’s Persian Service in the United States. With extensive experience spanning over 16 years, Kambiz has reported from Washington and Jerusalem across different platforms. He holds a Master’s degree in U.S. National Security Studies from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from George Washington University.

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