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
An interview with the father of presidential candidate Kamran Bagheri Lankarani with opposition website Rooz Online on April 29 has resurfaced and gained traction recently in Iranian media. Lankarani, who has the backing of hard-line Ayatollah Mesbah Yazdi’s Endurance Front, is a physician and was health minister under President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s first term.