Have you got any sweet or bitter memory from the years you were working?
Ramin Fallah: Yes, every moment of this work is considered memory and experience. I have a memory that was so bitter and harsh at first and later on, it turned into a sweet experience. The memory relates to a challenging interview the consequence of which made to be more cautious about journalism. At the very beginning years of my work as a journalist, I had an interview with the director of an organization about a special issues. However, after the interview, the director felt that some of the words he uttered in the interview might hurt him; and he unbelievably decided to deny what he had said. Therefore, I was accused of a heavy crime that might lead to my imprisonment or dismissal. After a year of following up and consistency, I could reach exoneration and continue my activity in journalism.
What an interesting and sweet memory …?
Ramin Fallah: I have another memory that relates to when my young sister died in 30 due to heart disease. At the night her death, I felt great sorrow in my heart and I was so busy with preparing her funeral event. While doing the works related to her funeral, I was also working on a news and report about a village. I did not let my family and psychological problems influence my job.
Do you have any memory from the Revolution time?
Ramin Fallah: Another memory of my youth era relates to the time of Revolution struggles. Then, I was not yet working as a journalist and I worked in a motor-cycle mechanic service center. Although I was not then an official journalist, I spread Imam Khomeini’s statements and news among Revolutionist people of Mehr and other cities and villages. I used to hide the letters and statements inside the bodies of motorcycles I repaired in order to not to be detected by the regime’s officers. Then, I could easily travel anywhere. However, I was always afraid of being detected unexpectedly and getting caught. A characteristic of Islamic Revolution of Iran was that it convinced everybody to help in its advancement even if his/her financial or life safety was in danger. I should also note that we, in addition to spreading the political and religious statements among people, traveled from our village to Sabzevar with truck, motorcycle or mini-bus in order to attend the demonstrations held in Sabzevar.
Do you read Asrarname online magazine? What is your idea about that publication?
Ramin Fallah: Yes, I do. Asrarname is known as an analytic medium in the west of Razavi Khorasan. During its relatively short-time work, it has attracted a significant number of audiences and it, also, has turned into an influential publication in the media space of that region. However, the magazine suffers from some weak points that are similar to those of some other Sabzevar news websites. Among the disadvantages are the medium directors being unknown, lack of clarity in the goals and lack of continuity in activities. These weak points lead into a delay in attraction of audiences’ trust and failure in making an appropriate connection with them.
Since Asrarname is an analytical medium, it has better to consider more knowledgeable and expert individuals’ ideas and comments in its posts so that it can increase acceptability and comprehensiveness of the contents.
Moreover, since news contents and analytical posts have their own exclusive audiences, Asrarname has better to simultaneously publish news and analysis-based contents so that it can increase the number of audiences.
Finally and generally, I should state that Asrarname is a publication that works on cultural issues, without any bias, in the west part of Razavi Khorasan, and it freely publishes the audiences’ comments. Therefore, we have used some contents of Asrarname in “Sabzevar Payam” website. Asrarname will reach a higher position and credit in the eyes of its audiences if it resolves the before-mentioned weak points.
What is your idea about the whole atmosphere of the publications? Is the future promising?
Ramin Fallah: There are several important responsibilities in journalism and media-related works. If the authorities fulfill their duties, it is as if they are automatically in the path to serve the country. For example, just like schools and universities, the media are responsible for providing cultural, social and political trainings in the society. The media should also act like a bridge between people and authorities, and they should represent the public’s ideas. The other necessity for media is avoidance from negativism. If a publication follows negativism, it promotes negative ideas among its audiences; and that is really dangerous and destructive.
What would be your final words to the audiences of this interview?
Ramin Fallah: I ask all cultural authorities in the west part of Razavi Khorasan to provide more support for healthy and influential media of the region and consider more valuable the media-related activities. If group-based media activities are performed in a health way, they will be very influential in social advancement and development.