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O'Sullivan To CNN: 'We Facilitate Free Debate In Iran'

(PRAGUE, Czech Republic) Responding to claims that western media are stoking unrest in Iran, RFE/RL Executive Editor John O'Sullivan told CNN's Fareed Zakaria that "RFE/RL's Persian Service, Radio Farda, simply reports the news and provides a forum for debate among Iranians. And on both accounts - free debate and truth - the government doesn't like it."

"Radio Farda is doing what journalists would be doing if Iran had a free television station, a free radio station, or a free newspaper," O'Sullivan said on CNN's Fareed Zakaria GPS program. "We are therefore acting, in a way, like a domestic broadcaster for the Iranian people."

O'Sullivan was joined on the program by former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin and former CIA case officer Robert Baer. They discussed Iran's post-election crisis and the government's violent crackdown on protestors.

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