Iran: Censored writer publish novel on Facebook

After trying and failing for years to obtain a publishing license for his novel, Iranian writer and journalist Mohammad Motlagh finally had enough. Instead of taking the Culture Ministry’s no for answer, on April 28, Motlagh began posting his novel – one chapter at a time – on Facebook.


In Iran, all books have to be submitted to the Culture Ministry for review by censors who make sure they do not violate written and unwritten rules. Books that deal with sensitive political issues or books that include content deemed immoral are banned. In some cases, authors are asked to cut problematic passages in order to receive a publishing permit.

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