401 Iranian journalists signed an open letter protesting a controversial plan to require journalists to be licensed through the Culture Ministry. Continue reading
Iran’s culture minister has taken up the controversial issue of unblocking Facebook and is promoting a new Azeri language academy. Continue reading
The 32nd Fajr International Film Festival in Tehran has been riddled with controversy, including numerous incidences of censorship during the live broadcasts and backlash against two films dealing with the sensitive topics of Ashura and the 2009 elections. Continue reading
Spokesperson for Iran’s judiciary Mohsen Ejei criticized Culture Minister Ali Jannati for an interview he gave to Al Jazeera English, saying that the culture minister is “not at the level” to comment on the judiciary’s affairs. Continue reading
Seyed Ali Taheri, spokesperson for the Iran parliament’s Culture Committee, is the latest Iranian official to speak out against the use of Facebook after attempts by President Hassan Rouhani’s administration to ease access to the social-media website.
Iranian news website Tabnak has questioned the sincerity of statements by Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Jannati in regard to unblocking social-media websites such as Facebook and relaxing restrictions on women singers.