brill.nl/mjcc MEJCC Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication 3 (2010) 216–241 © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2010 DOI 10.1163/187398610X510029 Th e BBC Persian Service and the Islamic Revolution of 1979 Massoumeh Torfeh and Annabelle Sreberny School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com Abstract Th is paper is the second part of a work in progress that examines the impact of seventy years of BBC Persian broadcasts to Iran. Th e Persian Service, established in December 1940, was originally set up by the Foreign and Commonwealth Oﬃ ce (FCO) as one of thirty-eight language services broadcasting to strategically important areas of the world during World War Two. Th e ﬁ rst piece of research looked at three historic moments when the inﬂ uence of BBC Persian broadcasts was hotly debated: the toppling of the pro-German Shah of Iran, Reza Pahlavi, in 1941; the late 1940s, when Iran’s nationalist leader, Mohammad Mossadeq, championed oil nationalization and challenged the rights hitherto enjoyed by the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company; and the US-led coup of 1953 that returned the young Mohammad Reza Pahlavi to the throne. Th e present research focuses on a period that many Iranians consider the
Middle East Journal of Culture and Communication – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2010
Keywords: IRAN; BROADCASTING; BBC PERSIAN SERVICE; FOREIGN OFFICE; REVOLUTION
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