March 8, 2014
GOTTA BREAK THE JUDICIARY:
Iran president condemns hard-line media crackdown (AP AND AFP, March 8, 2014)
Posted by Orrin Judd at March 8, 2014 9:23 AMPresident 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.