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Iranian hardliner justifies satellite and internet censorship

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Mohammad Hosein Safar Harandi (right) with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Iran's former culture minister, Mohammad Hosein Safar Harandi announced that if foreign satellites and sites threaten us, we must stop their spread by blocking them.

Harandi said in a speech at Qazvin International University: "Where danger is felt from external satellites and sites, clearly we need to stop the spread of corruption through these waves by filtering them."

While the former culture minister criticized Ahmadinejad administration of inconsistent cultural policies, he especially focused his criticism on the cultural policies adopted during the reformist government of Mohammad Khatami in the 1990s.

He maintained that "deviations" in the arts occurred when the debate over "commitment versus expertise was put forth."

He cited prominent Iranian filmmaker, Mohsen Makhmalbof as an example of this deviation saying that to start with, he was a proponent of "Revolutionary art" but later changed his path.

He condemned the attempt to draw upon the expertise of pe-revolutionary artists saying: "The result of such exchanges was that individuals like Makhmalbof who subscribed to ideological art in the eighties, are now making films that are akin to pornography."

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