Iran: President Rouhani’s mixed messages on artistic freedom

Although the situation seems to be neither dramatically better nor worse, Iran’s president Rouhani is sending mixed messages on artistic freedom.

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It has been six months since Hassan Rouhani took office as the seventh president of Iran’s Islamic government. Considering his government a moderate one, in the first weeks of his tenure, as he introduced his cabinet members, the cultural industry hoped for conditions to take a turn for the better after eight years of suppression brought about by former president Ahmadinejad and the hardliners.


Index on Censorship – 3 March 2014:
Iran: Rouhani’s mixed messages on artistic freedom
The Iranian cultural sector hoped conditions would take a turn for the better when the more moderate Rouhani took over from hardliner Ahmadinejad. The reality is more complicated.
Article by Raha Zahedpour

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