Haddad-Adel: Press Cannot Be Separate From Politics
Head of the Iranian Academy of Persian Language and Literature Gholamali Haddad-Adel said we cannot separate press from politics in a globalised world.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, November 11 at the end of the 22nd Press Exhibition in Tehran, Haddad-Adel said the annual event is an opportunity to reflect on political issues and activities, reiterating that “I don't believe press issues are separate from politics.”
The prominent politician and former MP went on to state that he speaks to foreign media outlets in Persian, because “this is well beyond political matters.” He urged everyone to adhere to Persian language and literature irrespective of political affiliations, adding that this is a scientific matter and should be safeguarded as such.
Haddad-Adel, who is also executive director of the Islamic Encyclopaedia Foundation and has contributed to launch the national scientific olympiads, said, “Persian language is one of the main pillars of our nationality, a national heritage and an asset, that strengthens our identity. Persian language is a container that carries our forefathers. It is a tool to link us to other Persian language speakers around the globe. It helps us stay in touch with those we were with centuries ago.”
He went on to argue that Persian language is a great sign that reflects the greatness and gentility of Iran. “Each and every one of us in the society and in the government are duty-bound to safeguard the language. It is in fact a national duty.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the official explained that media outlets use oral and written language to communicate. “Those working in news networks and press media should be more sensitive in using these important tools of communication. Those who unwittingly fail to carry out their duties in protecting the language, cannot expect miracle from the Academy of Persian Language and Literature. The Academy has a scientific mandate and cannot help. It has no executive power.”
According to the veteran politician, “We shouldn't politicise and interfere in matters related to the language. We should all look at Persian Language as something well beyond political affiliations. We should see it as a scientific matter and work together to protect it.”
He urged media outlets to be more vigilant in using Persian vocabulary and refrain from using foreign words that are trending now. “Instead, they should try and find an equivalent.”
He said the Academy is willing to work with the media insiders to find equivalent words for new foreign terms. “One of the main concerns for the Academy is the language sports publications use. The good news is that they have cleared their act and didn't deviate this year.”
In conclusion, Haddad-Adel told Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Seyyed Reza Salehi Amiri and Head of Presidential Office Mohammad Nahavandian that the country has lost many things on social media, one being Persian language and literature. “The continuation of this irresponsibility and mess on social media will inevitably leave little or no incentive for media outlets to practice ethics and responsibility.”
The head of the Iranian Academy of Persian Language and Literature said the officials should control the awful use of Persian language and literature on social media.
The 22nd Press Exhibition (November 5-11) wrapped up on Friday at Tehran’s Imam Khomeini Mosalla. Head of the President’s Office Mohammad Nahavandian, Culture Minister Seyyed Reza Salehi Amiri, Deputy Culture Minister for Press Affairs Hossein Entezami, plus a number of organisers and officials from top news agencies, newspapers, publications and cultural institutes attended the closing ceremony.