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Tehran Press Expo Ends: Gives New Hope to Private Media

Tehran Press Expo Ends: Gives New Hope to Private Media
Tehran Press Expo Ends: Gives New Hope to Private Media

The 21st International Press Exhibition wrapped up on Friday, November 13, in a special ceremony attended by media representatives and cultural officials.

Addressing the closing session, the head of Culture Ministry’s Media Department said, “The government has stopped giving subsidies to state-owned media. Instead, it has begun paying subsidies to private media.”

Hossein Entezami added, “As per the new law, the government has begun paying subsidies up to 50% to private press and news agencies in big cities and up to 75% to those in rural and provincial areas.”

According to the deputy culture minister, the idea is to end the reign of state-owned media outlets which have been around for decades, all while paving the way for greater involvement and participation of private publications, newspapers and wire services in disseminating news and information.

Also speaking, the head of the Iranian Academy of Persian Language and Literature said it is important for all publications and news services with any political background and taste to take part in this important gathering, “as having different points of views is what this should be all about.”

Gholam Ali Haddad Adel added, “The press reflects a country’s ideals and values. It offers a glance at freedom of expression and press in any given society. However, freedom in the absence of law is meaningless. They are two sides of the same coin.”

The weeklong expo (Nov. 7-13) was organized by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Some 700 vendors were in attendance, of which 400 were private and taking part for the first time. Tehran-based foreign journalists were present too, giving speeches and holding educational workshops. The international sessions were organized by the Culture Ministry's Foreign Media Department.

Nov 14, 2015 08:20
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