Dear Ramin Fallah , Please accept our greeting and respect. Please introduce yourself in brief and tell us about when and where you started journalism profession.
Ramin Fallah: I am Ramin Fallah and I was born in Mehr town (in Davarzan- Sabzevar) in a villager family. Since I was a child, I had helped my father in managing his restaurant, and I was also interested in cultural and social activities. When I turned into a young man, I started to work as a journalist in Mehr town and Davarzan district and I collaborated with some local publications. In 1993, I was formally employed as a journalist in Khorasan Newspaper and then, I could work with other publications in the whole city and country. I am still professionally working in Sabzervar publications.
Was your interest in journalism the only motivation and reason to select this job? Or did other reasons and objectives exist?
Ramin Fallah: Surely, interest in an important motivation to enter a profession and reach successes in it. However, serving the Islamic Revolution and the government through the path of media activities was my main target which I could reach by working in publications.
Your main reason to enter the profession of journalism is serving Islamic Republic of Iran. How can a journalist meet this important responsibility?
Ramin Fallah: In the profession of journalism and media works, several important responsibilities are assigned to the journalist. If the media experts can satisfy these responsibilities, they automatically serve the country. For instance, in my opinion, the media act like schools and universities and they have different social and cultural responsibilities. Moreover, the media should make a bridge between people and authorities, and they should represent the publics’ thoughts. Another necessity in media works is avoidance from negativism because if a medium promotes negativism, that negative energy will expand between the audiences. It would be really dangerous and destroying.
The journalists also have the same responsibilities. I mean if a medium acts as a school or a university, the journalist should be the teacher. Journalists have to scrutinize problems of the society and also, avoid negativism and reproach. In other words, a journalist should not exclusively work on criticism but he/she should try to promote hope and happiness in the society. Moreover, the journalists should provide appropriate practical solutions of the social problems. Generally speaking, journalists are the pulses of our regime.
The great figures of our country, including the Supreme Leader of Revolution, have frequently pointed to this important responsibility of media and journalists.
A committed media and journalist would attack the society problems with expertise, faith and brevity. Moreover, the journalist should unify the society members to cope with that problem. When the society is influenced by mental inflammation and insecurity, the journalist should invite people to hope and calmness.
Therefore, a virtuous and righteous journalist can serve the holy Islamic Republic of Iran with his right and logical deeds.
You are now known as one of the most successful journalists of Sabzevar and a pioneer in cultural area. What was your key to success?
Ramin Fallah: My key to success in news and cultural areas are: 1. Motivation and interest; 2. Education; and 3. Experience.
I consider journalism as a kind of pray and I believe that a journalist has better to start his/ her work with Wudu and intent to pray because informing the society is a sacred and serious duty.
Are people and authorities of Sabzevar aware of the nature, features and importance of journalism?
Ramin Fallah: Although great progressions in this term are achieved through the recent years, people and authorities are not completely aware of the importance and values of journalism profession. However, some of the authorities (like Imam of Friday pray, proconsul of the town, head of Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and some other organizations) do practically care for the journalists.
You said that people and authorities are not completely aware of the importance and values of journalism profession despite of some organizations’ care and attention. Would you please explain more about this claim?
Ramin Fallah: I mean some do not accept media works and they do not believe that media experts should present both positive and negative aspects of the society. However, in my opinion, media should prominently reflect people’s words, suggestions and complaints. Each authority has his/ her own lectern to announce their words and comments and to explain about their performance but people do not have any tribune and they expect the media to collaborate with them. In this situation, the authorities should not feel offended by the media reflecting people’s complaints, and they should accept that this is a main feature of a healthy media.