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Richard Horowitz to BBG, November 3, 2011

Richard Horowitz to BBG, November 3, 2011

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Published by: Confederation of Iranian students on Nov 23, 2011
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Richard Horowitz & Associates
Attorneys at Law450 Seventh Avenue, 9
th
FloorNew York, NY 10123rhorowitz@rhesq.com
Telephone: (212) 829-8196Facsimile: (212) 813-3214
 
www.rhesq.comwww.InternationalSecurityResources.com
 
Admitted in New York and the District of Columbia
November 3, 2011Kataryna Lyson, Esq.Assistant General CounselBroadcasting Board of Governors330 Independence Ave., S.W.Washington, D.C. 20237Dear Ms. Lyson,I am in receipt of your letter to me dated October 28, 2011.The two points in your letter, that my clients were contractors and not employees, and that Mr.Fakhravar has no relationship with BBG and you are therefore unable to comment, are not responsive tothe concerns in my prior two letters.I trust you recognize it is of no consequence if the VOA terminated the employment of anemployee or did not renew the contract of a contractor if the VOA did so for improper reasons. It strainsthe imagination that Mr. Batebi completed his “contract-for assignment” as you wrote at 10:47 P.M. onSaturday, October 8, the time and date when he received an e-mail notice from VOA’s Persian NewsNetwork, effective October 9.Your assertion that you cannot comment on Mr. Fakhravar because he has no relationship withthe BBG is unresponsive because I did not ask you to comment on Mr. Fakhravar but rather brought toyour attention facts that relevant to legal matter at hand, for which the BBG is responsible.As the court said in
 Melodi Navab-Safavi, v. Glassman, et. al
., 637 F.3d 311,
 
(App. D.C. 2011):The BBG is a federal agency charged with overseeing all U.S. government andgovernment-sponsored, non-military, international broadcasting services. The BBGoversees Voice of America (“VOA”), which in turn oversees the Persian News Network (“PNN”), formerly called the Persian Service.And, if as you wrote, you are responding “on behalf of the management of the Voice of America”it is similarly of no consequence that Mr. Fakhravar “has no relationship with the BBG.”We seek an explanation as to why the VOA terminated my clients’ working relationship. As Ihave written, Mr. Fakhravar publicly stated that Mr. Batebi is under FBI investigation (see my October 19letter, page 1), published that the VOA would terminate my clients before they were notified of thisdecision, and was seen having dinner with Mr. Asgard the night of Mr. Sehhati’s last day with the VOA.He similarly published that the VOA would terminate the employment of Rudi Bakhtiar which has indeedrecently happened (see my letter dated October 12, page 2). We are also aware that the VOA has hiredseveral new people, including Mahtab Farid, an associate of Mr Fakhravar. See the attached page fromMs. Farid’s blog were she refers to herself as a “VOA PNN correspondent” on October 9, the date youclaim Mr. Batebi “completed” his “contract-for assignment. We have additional information which leadsus to believe that Mr. Fakhravar played some role in this matter as well.

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