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National Iranian American Council

National Iranian American Council
Motto Community. Democracy. Universal Rights.
Founder(s) Trita Parsi
Established January 2002 (2002-01)
Mission Advancing the interests of the Iranian American community
Director Trita Parsi
Location Washington, D.C., United States
Address 1411 K St. NW, Suite 250, Washington, DC 20005
Website .org.niacouncilwww

The National Iranian American Council (NIAC) is a

Formation

In 2002, Parsi founded the National Iranian American Council (NIAC) "to enable Iranian Americans to condemn the Middle East and bolster the moderates in Iran."[2] On the group's formation, Parsi commented, "We realized that our primary thing that separates the Iranian-American community from the Jewish-American community, the Arab-American community, the Armenian-American community is that the Iranian-American community has shunned political participation."[3]

Lobbying controversy and defamation lawsuit

In 2007, Arizona-based Iranian-American journalist Hassan Daioleslam began publicly asserting that NIAC was lobbying on behalf of the [3]

In September 2012, U.S. Federal District Court Judge John D. Bates threw out the libel suit against Daioleslam on the grounds that "NIAC and Parsi had failed to show evidence of actual malice, either that Daioeslam acted with knowledge the allegations he made were false or with reckless disregard about their accuracy."[4] On April 9, 2013, Judge Bates ordered NIAC to pay $183,480.09, plus interest, to cover a portion of Daioleslam's legal expenses.[5]

References

  1. ^ "About NIAC". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  2. ^ NIAC Staff. "Dr. Trita Parsi, President". Retrieved 20 January 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Eli Lake (13 November 2009). "Iran advocacy group said to skirt lobby rules". The Washington Times. 
  4. ^ Josh Gerstein (13 September 2012). "Iranian-American group, leader lose libel case against writer". Politico. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sanctioning Iran’s American Allies: NIAC ordered to pay nearly $200K in legal fees". Washington Free Beacon. 22 April 2013. 

External links

  • NIAC Official Web Site
  • NIAC INsight NIAC blog
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