Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi

Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi (علی‌اکبر عبدالرشیدی) (born 9 July 1949 in Kerman) is an Iranian intellectual, journalist,[1] writer, traveler, translator, and university lecturer.[2] During his lengthy career as a journalist, Abdolrashidi conducted hundreds of television interviews with notable international figures, such as Fidel Castro, Rajiv Gandhi, and Muammar al-Gaddafi.[3] For most of his career, Abdolrashidi has worked for the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).[4]

Early career[edit]

Abdolrashidi started his career in the early 1960s, while still a teenager. It was then that he began to work for a radio station in Kerman. Following this, he joined the national radio network as a researcher, working for a weekly program on folklore.[4]

Fidel Castro and Abdolrashidi at the eighth Non-Aligned Movement Summit, 1986.


On becoming competent in English, he joined the news and current-affairs department and worked as a translator of newswires. After seven years, he became the London-based correspondent of the IRIB in 1980.[4] A year later, however, he returned to Iran at the IRIB headquarters in Tehran, where he headed the foreign news desk and travelled the world to cover current events in the United Nations, OPEC, and other international organizations.[4]

In 1984, Abdolrashidi returned to London as the British and European correspondent. He covered many historic events such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, and the formation of the European Union.[4]


Abdolrashidi has visited 40 countries and written and translated a total of twenty books,[5][6][7] (at 2012) and is the author of hundreds of articles[8] and essays.[9] He is an amateur photographer and displays some of his works on the Internet.[10]


Abdolrashidi has received numerous awards for his work as a journalist.[11] His major award is the Japanese Hoso Bunka Foundation top award for a Documentary called Hejran or Dislocation.This documentary is about the " Plights of Asian Immigrants". 'Hejran' reveals the plights of those immigrants who head for an unknown happy life, after leaving their homeland, members of families and their background. Reaching the new land with a new life, they find it quite different from what they imagined.[12] [13][14]



  1. ^ Sadeghioon, Ladan M. (5 March 2007). "Experts Discussed Role of Media in Tourism Development". Iranian Cultural Heritage News Agency. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  2. ^ عبدالرشیدی: نمایشگاه کافی نیست. Aftab News (in Persian). 6 May 2008. Archived from the original on 12 July 2008. Retrieved 12 July 2008. 
  3. ^ "TV Interviews". Ali Akbar Abdolrashidi official website. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  4. ^ a b c d e "Biography". Official website. Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  5. ^ "Iran Book News Agency". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Iran Book News Agency". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  7. ^ "Abebooks". Abebooks. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Iranreview". Iranreview. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Biography". Official website (in Persian). Retrieved 15 July 2008. 
  10. ^ "Trekearth". Trekearth. Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  11. ^ 企画選奨・第3回. Hoso Bunka Foundation (in Japanese). Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  12. ^ "International Documentary Film Festival, Amsterdam". Retrieved 24 September 2013. 
  13. ^ برندگان چهارمین جشنواره سیما. (in Persian). 14 October 2003. Retrieved 25 July 2008. 
  14. ^ "Awards". Official website. Retrieved 25 July 2008.