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Four Iranian newspapers land in trouble with Ministry of Culture

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iranian Ministry of Culture issued a warning to four daily newspapers for their "inadequate" coverage of Friday's pro-government demonstrations which was organized by the State to condemn the "desecration" of the Ayatollah Khomeini's picture.

Jahan-e Eghtesad

Jahan-e Eghtesad and Andisheyeh No received a written warning for "complete censorship" of the event, while Etemad and Mardomsalari received one for "distortion of the images of the demonstrations."


The ministry announcement indicates that the media is responsible for "reinforcing our values and national unity," and their failure to do so will "result in loss of the very reason for their existence."

The ministry also states that Friday's demonstrations "were completely censored by the anti-Iranian Western media so that the world would not be informed of the extent of popular support for the Islamic Republic."

Etemad Melli:


On Friday, after the Friday prayers in Tehran and several other big cities of Iran, a group of worshipers marched the street in condemnation of the "insult" against the Ayatollah Khomeini, the deceased founder of the Islamic Republic.

Last week the National Television along with other State media carried out an extensive advertising campaign to engage people in the Friday's demonstrations but reportedly the event did not receive much support.

Reformist media announced the number of demonstrators to be around 10 thousand; however, conservative media claimed millions attended the event.

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