Radio Farda reporters Rosa Ajiri, 27, and Amir Zamani-Far, 29, were killed in the early morning of September 30 when their car was struck by a truck.
Radio Farda’s Mahin Gorji, 43, is in a coma, and a fourth passenger, a visiting journalist, was treated and released from the hospital. Rosa and Amir were widely respected for their courageous and resourceful journalism. Listeners from Iran and around the world have called, e-mailed, and texted messages of condolence to Radio Farda and RFE/RL. RFE/RL’s Associate Director of Broadcasting Abbas Djavadi said in a statement, “They were young and vibrant. Optimistic and hopeful. Open and lovely. Smiling and fun. Hard working and helpful. Educated and dedicated — to their families, friends, their country, and to freedom.”
Radio Farda’s Golnaz Esfandiari remembers the two journalists in a piece for RFE/RL and Payvand.