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Commemoration of Shahidi: Journalists must enlighten, not advocate government

19 May 2015

Translated by:Mehrdad Safa

Khabarnegaran.info – Babak Movahedi: The commemoration of veteran journalist, author and professor Hosseein Shahidi’s first anniversary was held in the Communication Faculty of Allameh Tabatabi University.

In the beginning of the ceremony, the deceased’s sister, Shokoufeh Shahidi, remembered his brother as saying “a journalist ought to strive for enlightenment, rather than to advocate a government or topple another.” Reciting parts of the letters exchanged between him and Shahidi, Hasan Namkdoust remembered Shahidi’s journalism career as being fair, unbiased and unprejudiced.

Communications professor Hadi Khaniki, another speaker at the commemoration, said that talking about Shahidi would bring about the convergence of three groups, namely journalism professors, journalism students and alumni, and professional journalists.

“There’s been a wide gap between the practices of journalism in the real world and academia. Shahidi made every effort to narrow down the gap,” Khaniki said.

“Few of Iranian journalists are globally famous. Hossein Shahidi was one of them,” Khaniki added.

Law attorney Kambiz Norouzi also talked about Shahidi’s scrupulous character, “far beyond the research practices in Iran.”

Mohammad Ghaed, veteran journalist and a friend of the deceased, mentioned that Shahidi’s latest book ‘Journalism in Iran: From Mission to Profession’ is still waiting for a license of publication from the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance.

Jila Baniyaghoob, a well-known Iranian female journalist, who had a previous cooperation with Shahidi during a trip to Afghanistan, praised his efforts to empower the journalist women of Afghanistan.

Hosseini Shahidi died at the age of 61 last year in London. He was a renowned professor and researcher of journalism and have trained many journalists in Middle Eastern countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Egypt, Afghanistan and Tajikistan. He also worked for BBC World and taught journalism at American University of Beirut.

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