Saturday, October 26, 2013

Will Iran Lift Book Censorship?

Here is an interesting potential turn of events, not to be expected by the west.  And although I never write of political goings-on, I thought this of sufficient importance to include the material in my blog today. 
iranThe Iranian cultural minister Ali Jannati has said that the government will reconsider allowing books that had previously been censored in the country. According to a report in The Guardian, Jannati said that “books subjected to censorship or denied permission to be published in the past will be reviewed again.”
The move comes as a new president has taken power in Iran. Here is more from The Guardian: “The new move come under The minister’s words suggested an opening-up of the country’s publishing industry under new president Hassan Rouhani, who has already signalled his willingness to make changes by agreeing to the first presidential telephone conversation with the U.S. since the 1979 revolution.       
Under the former president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Iran censored many books including Tracy Chevalier’s Girl With a Pearl Earring and Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code.  
What do you think will be the outcome?  Please leave a comment on your thoughts about this all important human consideration.

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