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Iran: Culture Minister Says BBC Collaborators Are Subversives


Report by Mehr News Agency

Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance has deemed that filmmakers who have collaborated with the BBC Persian TV station are all subversives against the system.

Detained Iranian documentarians and filmmakers

"We all witnessed that BBC Persian played the role of a headquarters for the postelection riots in Iran in 2009," Mohammad Hosseini said during a press conference in Tehran on Tuesday.

"Therefore, it is obvious that a person who collaborates with this network is not a documentarian and filmmaker. The job of such a person was subversion and he/she is an enemy of the Islamic system," he added.

Mohammad Hosseini, Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance
Mohammad Hosseini, Iranian minister of culture and Islamic guidance

On 17 September, a number of Iranian media announced the arrest of six filmmakers who were accused of collaboration with BBC Persian in Iran.

BBC Persian denied any connection between the station and the six filmmakers in a statement on Tuesday and noted that none of them was on its staff.

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On 17 September 2011 Iranian authorities detained six independent documentary filmmakers. According to Campaign sources the filmmakers include Mohsen Shahrnazdar, Hadi Afarideh, Katayoun Shahabi, Naser Safarian, Shahnam Bazdar and Mojtaba Mir Tahmaseb. A pro-government news agency, Young Journalist Club, accused the detained filmmakers of working for BBC Persian and engaging in espionage on behalf of the news service. Several sources reported that the detainees have been taken to Ward 240 of Evin Prison, which is under the control of the Ministry of Intelligence.

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