Ayatollah Makarem censures Iran's state media
Source: Press TV
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.
Grand Ayatollah Nasser Makarem-Shirazi
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
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
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