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Live interview with Rouhani ready to air stopped by IRIB head

Thursday, 6 February 2014

 A scheduled television interview with Rouhani was nearly prevented by head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) Ezatollah Zarghami  in what appears to be controversy over the choice of the journalists who would conduct the interview.  Zarghami was appointed by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. ISNA reported that the cause of the delay had to do with disagreements over the choice of journalists who would conduct the interview. The two journalists who conducted the interview were Kazem Rouhani-Nejad and Sonia Pouryamin.  “Shargh” reformist daily twitter account twitted : #BREAKING: Adding the female presenter to the program by president office, the IRIB head prevented Rouhani’s live address, report. Thomas Erdbrink NYT’s Tehran Bureau Chief followed the story in his twitter account “We are a bit late and the viewers might be tired,” Iran president Rouhani hints at the bizarre public fight over access to state TV”. Later on, the Rouhani interview began with no new messages (read on Twitter).


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  • Published: 2 years ago on Thursday, 6 February 2014
  • By: Iran Daily Brief
  • Last Modified: February 6, 2014 @ 2:54 pm
  • Filed Under: Domestic
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    • http://irna.ir/fa/News/81029878/; https://twitter.com/HassanRouhani/statuses/431143523123875841; http://isna.ir/fa/news/92111612215/-%D8%B9%D9%84%D8%AA-%D9%85%D8%AE%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%81%D8%AA-%D8%B6%D8%B1%D8%BA%D8%A7%D9%85%DB%8C-%D8%A8%D8%A7-%D9%BE%D8%AE%D8%B4-%DA%AF%D9%81%D8%AA-%D9%88%DA%AF%D9%88%DB%8C-%D8%B2%D9%86%D8%AF%D9%87-%D8%B1%DB%8C%DB%8C%D8%B3

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