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Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani Administration, 14 Movies Now Forbidden

Banning of Films Continues under Rouhani AdministrationIranhumanrights.org - Despite repeated statements made by President Rouhani regarding the need to allow more cultural freedoms in Iran, the banning of films in the Islamic Republic has continued unabated during his two-year administration.

Iran Moves To Silence Media Critical Of Nuclear Deal

IranianRFL/RE - Iran's state media watchdog has suspended a hard-line publication and warned two other like-minded outlets for criticizing the nuclear deal reached last month between Iran and major world powers.

Ministry of Islamic Guidance Sends Government Circular: Write That the Talks were Exceptionally Good

Roozonline - According to a classified government circular that appeared on a number of news websites and virtual social media networks, Iran's Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance on Press Affairs has asked Iran's domestic media to "express respect and praise for Iranian (nuclear) negotiators," and stress on the "exceptional nature of the talks in the political history of recent decades" and the importance of courage, including expression of respect of the negotiators" and "their professionalism."

Hardline Clerics Stop Screening of Film on Shia Religious Figure

rastakhizmovie5Iranhumanrights.org - A highly anticipated award-winning film about the revered 7th century Shia religious figure, Imam Hossein, has been pulled from cinemas across Iran on the first day of its screening following criticism by conservative religious leaders.

Uncut version of controversial film to open Baghdad festival

ResurrectionRadiozamaneh - An uncensored version of the Iranian film Resurrection, which has generated serious controversy in Iran, will open the International Baghdad Film Festival.

Iranian artist jailed for 12 years for drawing satirical cartoons now faces 'indecency' charges.

Jailed: Atena Farghadani, 29, is serving 12 years in prison after drawing satirical cartoons of Iranian politiciansDaily Mail - An Iranian woman sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for drawing satirical cartoons of politicians is now facing new charges - for shaking a man's hand.
Artist Atena Farghadani, 29, is currently serving a long stretch behind bars as punishment for depicting government officials, who decided to restrict women's access to birth control, as animals.

Five Journalists Fired from Iran Labor News Agency

Esmail Mohammad Vali

ILNA – The five-member team of “Workers Department” in ILNA (Iranian Labour News Agency) have been dismissed as a group.

According to the report of Human Rights Activists News Agency in Iran (HRANA), Mr. Esmail Mohammad Vali, editor of the “Workers Department”, announced this news and wrote: “Although my job title was the “administrative secretary” of the Workers’ Group, but all the people in ILNA knew that our group was running as council so that we were all fired.”

ILNA “Workers Department” editor refused to give more details and the reasons for the expulsion of the group, but he wrote that for those who follow the ILNA labor news the reason is clear and in the near future some explanations will be published in this regard.

It should be noted, ILNA “Workers Department” had recently focused on the issue of job insecurity and mass expulsion of workers and had published some news and reports on that subject.

Journalist banished to exile after completing prison term

Ahmad Zeidabadi (left)Radiozamaneh - Ahmad Zeidabadi, a jailed Iranian journalist who reached the end of his prison term on Thursday May 21, was immediately transferred to Gonabad to serve out the exile portion of his sentence.

Iranian cartoonist could face years in prison for image depicting politicians as monkeys

washingtonpost - On Tuesday, Atena Farghadani is due to go on trial in Iran. If found guilty of the crimes she is alleged to have committed, the 28-year-old could face years in prison.

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