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Iran: Culture Minister grilled by Parliament over "un-Islamic cinema"

Source: Tehran Times

The Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance was quizzed over the country's cinema during a closed-door session of the Majlis on Sunday. A number of MPs who believe the ministry neglected a "proper control" on cinema summoned Mohammad Hosseini last week to explain about the issue.

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The MPs criticized Hosseini for the condition of Iranian cinema and the "un-Islamic relationships" between actors and actresses in the movies produced over the past few years, the Persian service of the Mehr News Agency reported.

They had previously said that the culture minister must explain about the absence of Iranian publishers from the Frankfurt Book Fair, which was held from October 12 to 16.

They had also demanded that Hosseini explain about the "loose control" of his organization on the contents of certain books published over the past few years, and the ministry's disregard for enforcing the law banning the use of foreign words.

"Neither the Frankfurt issue nor the control over the contents of the books were discussed in the session," member of the Majlis Cultural Committee Behruz Jafari said on Sunday.

"The MPs criticized the Culture Ministry for authorizing films containing foul language," he added.

Jafari said that Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani asked the culture minister to find a solution for "the problem of satellite channels."

Larijani called the session "highly productive".

"We hope that the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance seriously pursues the MPs' hortatory views," he said.

He said that the culture ministry was obligated to prepare a report about his efforts on pursuing the issues discussed during the session.

Nothing was mentioned about the culture minister's remarks during the session.

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