The Association of Iranian Journalists
(AOIJ) has made a public statement protesting new action
According to the online news Web site Rooz, the AOIJ argued that the letters are in clear violation of the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s press law.
were sent to the editors of several newspapers asking them not to publish on
certain topics such as, the plan to increase public security, increasing energy
prices, international sanctions imposed against Bank Sepah, negotiations with
In the letter
sent to various newspapers on May 24,
In its statement, AOIJ notes: “The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance must be at the forefront of complying with the law. Sending letters to publications ordering them to comply with illegal demands is against article 4 of the press law of the Islamic Constitution.”
According to the same declaration, “It is unclear what is meant by the profession of journalism and freedom of press in the Islamic Republic, if the press has to refrain from freely reporting about such issues.”
Since the last
parliamentary (Majlis) elections in February 2000, the press law has been
amended several times and more restrictions have been put in
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