The ceremony marking the projects’ inauguration was held at the IRIB’s Convention Center in Tehran on Tuesday, with the organization’s head Abdolali Ali-Asgari and the IRIB World Service’s chief Peyman Jebelli in attendance, among many other organizational directors, Presstv Reported.
Ali-Asgari announced during the ceremony that the projects, comprising Iran Press News Agency, a video news agency, the Iranian Arabic-language Al-Alam network’s Syria branch, and the Africa-oriented Hausa TV radio and television channels, had officially entered the operational stage.
Each of the threesome initiatives has undergone a year-long pilot operation.
Ali-Asqari noted during the ceremony that the IRIB had weathered a special period last year, which saw adversarial attempts “by the enemies” against the country.
“The enemies had a dream and were fantasizing about doing something [detrimental to the country] in the 40th year that followed the Islamic Revolution’s victory,” he said. “But the [Iranian] media struggled [against them]; therefore, the enemies failed to make disturbances and we decisively celebrated the Revolution’s 40th anniversary,” he added.
He also pointed to Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei’s detailed statement dubbed “The Second Phase of Islamic Revolution,” which the Leader of the Islamic Revolution issued on the occasion of the anniversary of the 1979 uprising that toppled the US-backed Pahlavi regime.
“This statement was very wise, profound, and coherent,” the IRIB head said, noting, “We should model our efforts after it and take [necessary] action for the future.”
The IRIB head said the video agency, which would be offering its productions to domestic outlets and foreign customers, has been working with as little resources as possible.
Addressing the IRIB World Service’s workforce, he hailed the launch of Al-Alam’s Syria headquarters, saying it would favor the relationship between the Iranian and Syrian peoples.
On Hausa TV’s operation, he said the dual-channel project, which especially addresses Africa’s affairs, employs the discourse used by a large number of African Muslims.
His remarks were preceded by those of the IRIB World Service’s chief, who said the projects aim to rectify the image broadcast of the country worldwide.
“It has been decided that we ourselves take charge of how the country’s advancement and achievements are broadcast [to the world] in the second 40-year-long period that will be following the Islamic Revolution’s victory,” Jebelli noted.