Part 4: Iran Media on Scientist's Assassination

01 Dec 2020

Part 4: Iran Media on Scientist's Assassination

By Andrew Hanna, Ashley Lane

United States Institute of Peace

December 1, 2020

https://iranprimer.usip.org/blog/2020/dec/01/part-4-iran-media-scientists-assassination

The Iranian media expressed outraged at the assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, a leading nuclear scientist. Newspapers from across the political spectrum – reformist, centrist, conservative and hardline – published front-page photos of his bullet-riddled car and funeral casket.    

Conservative and hardline papers blamed Israel for Fakhrizadeh's murder and demanded immediate retribution. “If we don’t hit them, they hit us,” Vatan-e Emrooz, a conservative paper, warned on November 28. They highlighted Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s pledge of “definitive punishment” for the perpetrators. Kayhan, the most hardline paper, published an editorial calling for strikes on the port city of Haifa, if Israel were found responsible. “An Eye for an Eye: Zionists Must Prepare Themselves,” read a Kayhan headline on November 28.  

Reformist and centrist papers published tributes to Fakhrizadeh’s achievements and pledged to honor his legacy. “Continuing Fakhrizadeh’s Scientific Efforts,” Ettela'at, a centrist paper, reported on November 29. They also highlighted remarks by President Rouhani that Iran would respond at an “appropriate time" rather than immediately.

 

Conservative and Hardline

 

Vatan Logo

 

If We Don't Hit Them, They Hit Us

Netanyahu publicized Israel’s plan to assassinate Mohsen Fakhrizadeh
by showing his photo in a television presentation in 2018

Nov 28 Vatan

 

 

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An Eye for an Eye: Zionists Must Prepare Themselves

Nov 28 Kayhan

 

 

Javan Logo

Supreme Leader Orders Punishment
of the Perpetrators of the Assassination

Nov 29 Javan

 

 

Vatan

Agenda: Punishment

We must not signal: Rouhani’s meaningful response to
Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s assassination

Nov 29 Vatan

 

 

Iran logo

Assassination of an Iranian Scientist

Foreign Minister: This cowardly operation – with obvious signs of Israel’s
hand in it – demonstrates the desperate warmongering of the perpetrators

Nov 28 Iran

 

 

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Yet Another Assassination of a Scientist

Nov 28 Javan



 

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The Supreme Leader’s Message Following Mohsen Fakhrizadeh’s Martyrdom:
Definitive Punishment of the Perpetrators of this Crime Must Be Pursued

Rouhani Blames Global Arrogance and Israel for Fakhrizadeh’s Assassination

Nov 29 Abrar

 

 

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Timely Response: Iran Unanimous Against the Assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh

Nov 29 Iran

 

Centrist

 

Nov 5 Ebtekar

 Nuclear Scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh Assassinated

Nov 28 Ebtekar

 

 

Ettelaat logo

Defense Industry Scientist Martyred in a Terrorist Operation

Nov 28 Ettelaat

 

 

Nov 5 Ebtekar

Widespread Reactions to Fakhrizadeh's Assassination: How Will Iran Respond? 

From Responding in Appropriate Time to National Solidarity

Nov 29 Ebtekar

 

 

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Definitive Punishment of the Perpetrators
and Continuing Fakhrizadeh's Scientific Efforts

Nov 30 Ettelaat

 

 

Khorasan Nov 8

 

Assassination Against Iran's Advancement

Nov 28 Khorasan

 

 

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Shamkhani: Fakhrizadeh's Achievements Will Astonish the World 

Dec 1 Ettelaat

 

 

Reformist

 

Arman 8

Trap of Tensions: Assassination of Yet Another Nuclear Scientist

Nov 28 Arman

 

 

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Report on an Assassination

Nov 28 Etemad

 

 

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Iran's International Legal Pursuit 

November 29 Aftab

 

 

Arman 8

Rouhani: Iran will Respond to Israel's Warmongering

Nov29 Arman

 

 

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Netanyahu and Trump's Joint Madness in the Absard Assassination

November 29 Mardom

 

Photo Credits: All photos from Iran Front Pages (CC By 4.0)

 

Andrew Hanna, a program specialist at the U.S. Institute of Peace, and Ashley Lane, an intern at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, assembled this report.