Alireza Niknam is a fake profile on social media that constantly fabricates lies against the Iranian Mojahedin (MEK) on cheap internet websites in various languages, Russian, Farsi, or Italian. Alireza Niknam profile is under the title of an Iranian author, reporter and researcher. Most of these websites, such as “Terror Spring”, have been produced by the cyber-war department of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards (IRGC). Iran probe research shows that Alireza Niknam is one of the thousands of fake accounts that the Iranian regime has created to advance its propaganda and terrorist purposes. Meta closes hundreds of IRGC fake accounts on Facebook and Instagram at least in every six months reporting. In one of the reports, Facebook announced that after Russia, Iran holds the record for false information on the Facebook platform.
The religious rule of the mullahs in Iran is engulfed with the explosive conditions of the society and existential crisis. This regime, to crush the opposition, has imprisoned, tortured, executed, raped, and kidnapped members of the MEK and others or has tried to bomb their gatherings in Europe. In parallel, it has resorted to tarnish the image of MEK through fake social media accounts. To get out of the vortex and nightmare of being overthrown, the regime resorts to every possible way to advance its vicious goals.
The regime’s lies on social media in foreign languages are basically against the MEK and are produced by a special department in the Ministry of Intelligence (MOIS) called the Directorate of Nefagh (a special department against the MEK). Then they publish these fake materials in the name of virtual persons with the identity of author, researcher, expert, journalist, etc.
Alireza Niknam is one of the virtual characters produced in the overseas branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the Quds Force, which is used with a fake profile. The photo used by the IRGC for Alireza Niknam’s fake profile was chosen very clumsily. In a normal search on the Internet, one can see that this photo has been used in all kinds of commercial or advertising accounts. Even, posing from another angle, the photo has been used to promote an “underwear advertising brand” for men related to an American business company.
It seems that Alireza Niknam profile is specially created for misinforming Albanian authorities and public opinion in that country. To do so, the IRGC has created various accounts on Facebook, Twitter and a blog for the fake profile of Alireza Niknam since 2018. Then, in order to promote Alireza Niknam account, the writings in this name are posted on unauthorized Russian or Italian languages websites. The regime’s social channels and media, including “Tasnim news agency” (affiliated with the terrorist Quds Corps of the Iranian regime), cover the content posted under this profile too.
The final step is always in Albanian language disseminated by Olsi Jazexhi and Gjergji Thanasi, two persons who are known to be agents of the Iranian secret service, MOIS in Albania. Olsi Jazexhi posts the articles in his portal, Gazeta Impakt and Gjergji Thanasi use it on his Facebook account. Although, both are very discredited in Albania, however the Iranian regime’s MOIS affiliated media republish them for the observers inside Iran claiming the IRGC circulated disinformation on MEK as genuine Albanian viewpoints. The Iranian henchmen frequently use such publications to put pressure on the political prisoners in Iran.