Iranian Deputy Culture Minister: There is no Azerbaijani-language media outlet in Tehran

Iranian Deputy Culture Minister: There is no Azerbaijani-language media outlet in Tehran
# 09 November 2007 13:22 (UTC +04:00)
Melikian said that Iranian media was not free during shah’s regime, and became free after the revolution.
“Media gained most from the revolution. 2990 newspapers are published in Iran now. There are daily, weekly and seasonal newspapers among them,” he said.
Deputy Culture Minister noted that Iran holds the tenth place among the world countries for freedom of media. Alirza Melikian said that Iranian media is fully free, but confessed there is some limit concerning Islam and people’s interests.
Deputy Minister also noted that persons interfering with the media are strictly punished and even dismissed.
Deputy Minister expressing his satisfaction with holding International Media Exhibition in Iran said that more countries will be invited to this event further.
Following this, deputy minister replied to journalists’ questions. Malikan replied to the question on the suspension of newspapers in Iran and said that these media outlets make mistakes and treasons on the interest of Islam and nation, therefore they face such future.
Deputy Minister replied to APA’s correspondent’s question “Azerbaijanis comprise majority of Iranian population and are newspapers published and TV channel broadcasted in Azeri in Iran?” and said that media outlet in Azerbaijani was not published in Tehran. He stated that newspaper and TV channel in Azeri functions in Tebriz. /APA/
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