Originally Iran Focus was a politically independent monthly hard copy newsletter on contemporary Iran that was started in October 1988 by the UK-based consultancy firm Menas Associates. When it was discovered that the Iranian opposition MKO had created the Iran Focus website, and in order to end any confusion, Menas ceased production in July 2005 and merged its monthly Iran Focus and fortnightly Iran Energy Focus into a new electronic monthly called Iran Strategic Focus which is only available by universal corporate subscription and includes the Iranian Oil Sector Organisational Charts and Tables, plus a Project Tracker database, which are also updated each month.Contents
In 2005, the website originally claimed that they had obtained a photograph of a younger Ahmadinejad with a hostage, which was quickly published by the major Western news agencies AP, Reuters, and AFP. Publication of the photograph drew criticism because it was presented to the world without due investigation or verification.Controversy
Critics state that the website is one of the web outlets of the MKO, a group identified as a terrorist organization by USA, Canada and European Union. Some say that the MKO uses Iranfocus.com, Iranterror.com and other websites to advocate its position, rather than present objective and accurate news reports.
They suggest that these websites are trying to remove MKO's terrorist status through biased articles, and that the director of "Iran Focus", Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri, has actively engaged in campaigns to remove MKO from the terror lists.
However, Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri denies MKO is a terrorist group, stating that he is trying to clear his father's name, whom he says has been killed by the Iranian government. Mohammad Hanif Jazayeri is from the family of Laila Jazayeri who sacrificed herself by fire in London in 2003 for the MKO cause.