UPSET OVER AYATOLLAH KHOMEINE PICTURED WITH HITLER AND OTHER DICTATORS
Of course they’re pissed off, the truth is sometimes very offensive. All the more reason to shelve anti-free speech laws. KGS
NRK: Students ‘and Academics’ International Assistance Fund, SAIH currently conducting a campaign in support of student activists across the world, and the controversial poster hanging for hours in many Norwegian higher education institutions.
The head of the press, public relations and culture department at the embassy in Oslo, Mohammad Javad Hosseini who wrote the letter, which SAIH perceive as an attempt to censor them.
Khomeini is in bad company
The Embassy is put off that Khomeini is pictured with famous dictators, but especially the fact that Hitler is in the picture, the Iranians ask SAIH to remove the picture as quickly as possible.
– You have offended the feelings of a great nation, which we believe is on their agenda, it is stated in the letter.
– For your information it Khomeini was the popular leader of the Iranian history. When he overthrew the king in 1979 supported more than 98 percent of the people to him. Since 1979, Iran held elections for parliament and president several times. Embassy condemns again this regrettable action, and expect that the organization does something with this offensive initiative, it is stated in the letter from the Iranian Embassy.
Surprised by the reaction
Deputy Erik Schreiner Evans in SAIH believes the Iranians do not understand what free speech is.
Deputy Erik Schreiner Evans in SAIH said the inquiry was very surprising.
– It shows not only that the embassy does not respect freedom of speech, but they have not understood it. The inquiry illustrates exactly the problem we are trying to focus on, he says.
SAIH refuses to remove the poster, but assured in its answers to the Embassy that the purpose has been to hurt anyone’s feelings or reduce the importance of the popular uprising against the Shah that Khomeini headed.
– SAIH believe that students and student movements are a key in securing and maintaining democratic society, writes SAIH in the letter that is signed by SAIH deputy Erik Schreiner Evans.
– Known to be brutal
– We did not mean to say that there is another connection between the historical characters on the poster than they are internationally known to be brutal, anti-democratic and authoritarian, and that they all have a well-documented history of persecuting and killing political opponents. That, in addition to having familiar faces, is why we chose them specifically for this campaign, it is stated in the response letter.
The letter ends by stating that it is not necessary to remove the poster
– In fact, we think it is surprising and somewhat provocative that you are trying to censor us in this way.