Hosein Entezami in meeting Egyptian media delegation: Iranian Government is
determined to promote media diplomacy
Deputy Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance for Press and Information, Hosein Entezami, in a meeting with visiting Egyptian media delegation said Iranian government attaches special importance to boosting of media diplomacy as a basic ingredient of diplomacy in present day, an approach which can play a great role in mutual understanding among nations.
During the meeting with high ranking Egyptian journalists from respectable newspapers such as Al-Ahram, Al- Joumhorya, Alyoum and Al-youm Sabea, he briefed his guests about the prevailing situation of Iranian media and made suggestions for expansion of relations between Iranian and Egyptian media.
Deputy Culture Minister for Media and Information, while briefing Egyptian media workers about the tasks and responsibilities of each section of his department said currently some 6000 publications including local, national, general and professional journals are published across Iran which nearly 200 of them are dailies.
Commenting on the extent of cooperation with foreign media, Entezami said currently more than 100 foreign media have their office in Tehran and their activities in Iran is coordinated by Foreign Media Department.
Answering a question about some restrictions imposed on media by governments, he said, authorities should not deprive people from freedom and restrict interactions among their citizens adding that meanwhile some governments under pretext of defending individual freedom have become indifferent to indecencies, especially in cyber space. Entezami said governments should feel responsible toward their citizens and by adapting proper laws and regulations provide them with a minimum of decency in defense of social environment.
He went on to say that cultural interactions should be free from narrow minded political restrictions adding that these days media interactions like cultural interactions are representing nations and not the governments.
Deputy Culture Minister also touched upon the rich culture and historic civilizations of Iran and Egypt and by recalling Egypt’s prominent position among Arab states said security and sovereignty of Egypt is very important because it could bolster the resistance against Zionist regime’s excesses.
Entezami, by referring to willingness of Iranian government and nation to promote relations between the two countries, called for further cooperation between Iranian and Egyptian media.