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Ayatollah Makarem censures Iran's state media

Source: Press TV

Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi

With Iranian media criticized over its post-election coverage, Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi touches on the "aggressive language" employed by Iran's state broadcaster.

Hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets of the Iranian capital, Tehran, after the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad with nearly two-thirds of the vote.

Ahmadinejad's rivals -- Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi -- reject the election result as fraudulent and refuse to acknowledge the Iranian president's re-election.

In its reports of the post-election rallies, the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) referred to protesters as "rioters".

The state television came under criticism by the opposition for having a "biased stance" in its coverage of the unrest.

In a meeting with the managers of the semi-official Fars News Agency, Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi urged the "use of the language of friendship and compassion" to help maintain security in the country.

"We should urge everyone to use the language of friendship and compassion because the aggressive language used by IRIB will not help resolve any of the problems," Mehr news agency quoted the Grand Ayatollah as saying on Thursday.

Mousavi recently accused IRIB of censoring his comments in an 'out-of-ordinary fashion' following last week's Friday prayers sermon delivered by Ayatollah Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani.

"Those who have objections ... should they not be allowed to speak in their own defense?" asked Mousavi.

Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi said even though he is optimistic about the future of the nation, it is vital that vigilance be embraced in the face of the "society's current situation".

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