Washington, D.C., November 12, 2008 – Iranians are flooding
President-elect Barack Obama with personal messages on a special
Persian-language website the Voice of America (VOA) created for people
to express their views.
VOA's Persian News Network (PNN) has received
hundreds of messages on topics ranging from U.S.-Iranian relations to
access to student visas since it invited its audience last week to
write to Obama at the website www.VOANews.com/persian/obamapnn.cfm. The
messages, posted on the site, will eventually be transmitted to the
president-elect's transition office.
"This enthusiastic response
reflects the enormous interest that the Iranian people have in
political developments in the United States," said VOA Director
Danforth Austin. "It also illustrates the critical role we have in
reaching them with balanced and objective information about the United
States and the world," he said.
"Mr. Obama, your election to this
important position is an historical event. I am glad that I am living
in an era when such a miracle took place and that I witnessed it,"
wrote one viewer from Tehran. Another from Ahvaz stated, "I wish there
were at least one media outlet in Iran that could express the joy of
Iranians for you. We love America and we respect this great
Generally, e-mails from Iran show support for Obama. PNN, in
a question of the day, asked Iranians on the Internet and on
television, "Now that Sen. Obama will be the new American president, do
you believe U.S.-Iranian relations will improve or deteriorate?" Out of
7,947 respondents, 17 percent said they would worsen, 43 percent said
they will improve, and 40 percent said they would not change.
one in four adults in Iran watches or listens to PNN broadcasts at
least weekly. PNN's website, which received 2,574,901 visits in
October, had nearly 180,000 individual visits November 4-5 alone.
established PNN as a network in July 2007. It currently carries 5
hours of radio and 7 hours of television daily, repeated into a 24-hour
cycle. Television programs include News and Views, Today's Woman,
Roundtable With You, 48 Hours, Late Edition, and News Talk.
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