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Khatami asks Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting to be neutral in its broadcasts

President Mohammad Khatami on Monday called on the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to be politically neutral towards all parties and groups in the country, IRNA reported from Tehran.

During a meeting with members of the council entrusted with supervision over the IRIB, Khatami gave an overview of the status and role the mass media plays in global affairs, adding that it is incumbent on the IRIB to make clear the policies of the Islamic Republic system to its clients here and abroad.

The president also pointed to the importance of supervision as a way of pre-empting or solving problems, urging the council to perform its oversight function over IRIB broadcasts without political leanings.

"An institution which serves the people and is financed by public funds should be responsive to its obligations," stressed the president.

Khatami expressed the hope that the IRIB, under the wise and unshackled supervision of the supervisory council, would achieve even greater success in fulfilling its national responsibility.

He also alluded to the many expectations and views expressed regarding IRIB programs, and said the council is expected to strike a balance in these conflicting expectations and solve the problems in this regard.

President Khatami strongly urged cooperation and coordination between the IRIB and governmental institutions responsible for national diplomacy in such a way as to bolster national security.

... Payvand News - 5/27/03 ... --

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