Influential hard-line cleric intensifies attacks on Rouhani

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One of the more hard-line clerics in Iran has called President Hassan Rouhani’s Citizens’ Rights Charter initiative “incompatible with Islam,” called for a study of any connections between the 2009 election protests and people who have studied in Britain and warned that the administration was mishandling the nuclear negotiations. Continue reading

Reformist papers, Rouhani officials target Iran TV

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The conflict between the head of Iranian TV and President Hassan Rouhani first surfaced when the two sides clashed in early February over the choice of which journalist would conduct an interview with the president. Tensions escalated yesterday when Hesamodin Ashna, Rouhani’s media adviser and representative to the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Supervisory Council, accused the council of acting against the administration. Continue reading

Justice minister says Iran cannot be compared to Ukraine

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In response to the shock and enthusiasm of the Iranian media to the Ukrainian street protests that forced out President Victor Yanukovych, Iran’s justice minister has tried to distance the upheaval in Ukraine from domestic Iranian politics by urging newspapers to show some restraint in their coverage. Continue reading