Wed Jul 6, 2011 12:16PM
VOA host Negar Mohammadi
Female journalists employed at the Persian service of the official Voice of America (VOA) are expected to extend sexual favors to their superiors for career promotions.
According to the mother of Negar Mohammadi, whose daughter hosts the Woman of Today show in the VOA Persian news network, senior executives at the Persian service of VOA, particularly Jamshid Chalangi, force female journalists into having affairs with them in return for promotions at the workplace, Neda-ye Enghelab website reported.
Negar Mohammadi's mother added that she and her husband recently travelled to the US in order to convince their daughter to stop working for the Washington-based Persian news and publicity network and return back home.
The report comes as former VOA Persian news anchor Elham Sattaki also filed a suit in October 2010 against the broadcaster for sexual harassment.
Sattaki, 28, said she was sexually harassed by a co-host, identified as Mehdi Falahati, on the show Straight Talk.
When Sataki complained about sexual harassment, VOA Persian managers tried to further retaliate against her and force her out of the network.
The managers then offered fabricated stories to get rid of her, claiming that she was never harassed and that the reason for her dismissal was inefficient Persian language fluency.