Iran: Culture Minister questions strict book censorship

Iranian Culture Minister Ali Jannati has stated that book censorship was too strict under the country’s former government. In comments quoted by Iran’s semi-official ILNA news agency on 8 October 2013, Jannati said censors would have rejected the Koran, which Muslims believe is a revelation by God.


A few days before Jannati’s remarks, more than 200 Iranian writers, poets, and translators had called on him to lift the censorship policy and allow authors to take responsibility for their own writing.

Under Ahmadinejad, censors even banned certain already-published books as unsuitable. Censorship reached such extreme levels that even some works of classical Persian literature had parts redacted or were banned outright.

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