Rouhani targets Iran’s Conservative Media

The other Jahan article allegedly in question was one that reported that Iranian officials had met with a former Taliban leader in Iran and had agreed to combat the Islamic State on Iran’s eastern border. Rooz-e No wrote that despite the fact that the article was later taken down, it renewed false accusations in US, Israeli and satellite media that Iran supports terrorism.

Under the Mahmoud Ahmadinejad administration, the Press Supervisory Board would target Reformist-minded media and refer violations of the country’s media laws to the judiciary. While the Rouhani administration has a positive relationship with Reformist media, it has used the Press Supervisory Board to confront conservative media, which generally have more freedom and space to attack opponents than Reformist media.

Hussein Entezami, deputy minister of media affairs at the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, said April 26 that suspension is the last tool it uses to confront media. However, Rouhani indicated June 15 that even moderate leaders have difficulty understanding the role of media. “The desire of the three branches of government from the media is that the hope and joy of society increases,” the president said in a meeting with parliament Speaker Ali Larijani and judiciary head Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani.

In other news, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on June 15 confirmed that British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe was detained April 3. The statement by the IRGC accused Nazanin of working to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran. Nazanin works for a charitable organization and was visiting her parents with her 22-month-old daughter when arrested at the Imam Khomeini Airport in Tehran.

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