March 8, 2014

GOTTA BREAK THE JUDICIARY:

Iran president condemns hard-line media crackdown (AP AND AFP,  March 8, 2014)

President Hassan Rouhani told reporters Saturday that it was wrong to close down a newspaper on its first offense just because one writer was seen as inappropriate.

"The government is in favour of freedom of expression with responsibility," he said in a vigorously applauded speech to media figures broadcast live on television. "If we break the pens and shut the mouths, public trust will be deeply harmed." [...]

Rouhani said his opponents were free to attack him. [...]

Culture Minister Ali Janati recently urged an end to the ban on social media, including Facebook. That and his move to allow the publication of previously banned books has sparked a furore among conservatives.
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