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07/28/12

How Iran Censors Foreign Films

By Golnaz Esfandiari , RFE/RL


A film scene censored by Iran's state television

We have reported extensively about censorship in Iran’s state-controlled television, including censorship of foreign movies.

Iranian journalist Reza Valizadeh, who worked for some four years as a reporter, presenter, and producer with Iran’s radio and television, explained in a 2010 interview with “Persian Letters” how foreign movies and documentaries are altered on state TV to make them appropriate and Islamic in the eyes of Iranian decision makers.

“Romantic dialogue is often changed. For example, it isn’t proper for a woman to say to her partner, 'I love you.' It isn’t considered decent. It's clear how dialogue about sexual proposals is dealt with -- they are changed to marriage proposals. Also, we see that beer becomes lemonade on state television and whiskey becomes orange juice. Also, dialogue about politics is often changed.”


Iranian TV photoshops "immoral images"

The “Gooya” website has reposted some images by an Iranian film publication, “Cafecinema,” depicting censorship on state television, which is tightly monitored by hard-liners.

Notice that in some cases the women’s necklines have been covered through different methods and in other cases the woman has been excised completely, apparently because of her closeness to men in the shots. Alcohol has also been removed in one of the images.


Copyright (c) 2012 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036. www.rferl.org

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