Washington, D.C., June 2, 2010 - VOA's Persian News Network has been granted rights to air the HBO documentary For Neda, the tragic story of the young Iranian woman shot and killed last year during the turmoil that followed Iran's controversial presidential election.
VOA Director Danforth W. Austin said, "We would like to thank HBO for allowing PNN to show this powerful documentary to our Iranian audience."
Neda Agha-Soltan became a symbol of Iran's post-election protests when images of her dying moments were captured on cell phones and shown around the world.
The hour-long HBO documentary tells Neda's personal story, featuring previously unseen footage with friends and family, including her father, sister and brother.
The documentary, which airs in the United States on HBO June 14 and 20, also contains exclusive video recorded the day she died.
Following the Wednesday evening broadcast, PNN will discuss the struggle for change in Iran with Ms. Rudi Bakhtiar, a former CNN and Fox News anchor, and human rights activist Roya Boroumand, who both appear in the HBO documentary.
PNN will re-broadcast the program on June 12, the anniversary of the disputed election, and June 20, the anniversary of Neda's death.
VOA's Persian News Network is the most popular international television broadcaster in Iran, reaching nearly 20 percent of Iranians weekly, according to the latest surveys of Iranians 15 and older.
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