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New VOA Persian Show Targets Young Viewers in Iran

Tablet, a new television show on Voice of America Persian language satellite channel, focuses on cultural and social issues involving young people in Iran and the United States.

The 15-minute prime-time show with a youthful, energetic vibe is hosted by Masih Alinejad, an investigative journalist and a recipient of this year's Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy Award. She is also a founder of the group "Stealthy Freedoms of Iranian Women," which supports the rights of Iranian women to choose whether or not to wear the Hijab and is backed by nearly one million followers on Facebook. The show is produced weekly from VOA’s New York bureau by Saman Arbabi who was the producer of VOA Persian's two most successful TV shows, Parazit and OnTen.

"We are thrilled to have the courageous and very talented Masih Alinejad as the host of our new show Tablet," said Setareh Derakhshesh, VOA Persian Director. "With Saman Arbabi firmly behind this innovative project, I am absolutely sure we will have another hit TV show with a big impact on young people in Iran."

With original video from inside Iran, Tablet profiles ordinary citizens and connects them with Americans through short interviews on common themes illustrating both similar and different experiences. The program also has a weekly "timeline report" tracing the development of issues such as the international women’s rights movement and relations between Washington and Tehran.

VOA Persian is one of the leading international news broadcasters in Iran with one-in-five tuning in weekly for the latest on American, Iranian, and international developments. Programs can be accessed on direct-to-home satellite, streaming sites, radio and social media platforms. Tablet airs on Thursdays at 11:00 pm Tehran Time.