In Iran there are signs of dissatisfaction with the new regime on the eve of the national referendum.
SCU: Mr. Tariborz Atapour speaking in English.
ATAPOUR: "We fought for human rights, we fought for liberty, we fought for justice, we fought for freedom. We have none of those things in Iran today. We do not have justice, I've just given you an example; we have very little freedom either. Our radio and television have become a mouthpiece for one particular group of people to express their own particular ideology and to expand their own particular power. The press -- we did indeed fight for the liberty of the press -- and the press did indeed contribute to the success of this revolution, but unfortunately our reward, instead of being rewarded by more freedom, we are being rewarded now by a new form of censorship. This censorship is taking many forms, there's direct censorship, there's indirect censorship, there's indirect censorship, there's self-censorship, all the old traditional nasty characteristics of the old regime creeping back again into the new system.
In fact, the journalists like myself, who speak out, we are under continuous harassment. We are harassed at home, and wherever we go, we're harassed by the telephone, we're harassed by snipers, yes they even tried to assassinate us. And this is the form of liberty which they have given us, today. The point about an Islamic Republic is they haven't even made it clear what they mean by that phrase "an Islamic Republic. They haven't made it clear what sort of liberties we're going to have, under an Islamic Republic. they merely told us that democracy is of the Western World, and therefore we will not have democracy. And if we're not going to have democracy, what sort of freedom are we going to have? What sort of liberty are we going to have? It's hardly surprising that a lot of us are very cynical about the future. And it is for that reason that I myself, along with the Fedayeen and the Medjahyadeen and all true democrats will not vote in this referendum. And I don't believe that frankly more than a tenth of the population of Iran will vote in this referendum. And they will be mobbed to the ballot boxes to cast their votes, and it will be a sort of banana republic vote, and that's all that'll be worth, because that's the sort of system we're living under now."
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Background: In Iran there are signs of dissatisfaction with the new regime on the eve of the national referendum. The referendum has been called by the Ayatollah Khomeini, and it is seen as the first step towards an Islamic Republic. But some disappointment is being voiced about the lack of freedom which has followed the revolution. Fariborz Atapour -- a journalist for the Teheran Journal -- whose father was one of the Shah's Generals arrested earlier this month, expressed his dissatisfaction in an interview over the way certain repressive practices seem to have been carried on by the Islamic government.