Iran Bans Celebrities From TV, Radio Over Politics, Mowj Says

Iran’s broadcaster has compiled a list of 100 well-known Iranians, including top filmmakers and actresses, who are forbidden from the state’s airwaves, Mowj said. They are banned from “having their picture shown” or “being active in programs related to the state broadcaster until further notice,” Mowj said.  

Among the banned celebrities are filmmaker Dariush Mehrjoui and Paris-based director Mohsen Makhmalbaf, Mowj said, without saying where it got the information. Mehrjoui called for voters to choose the main opposition presidential candidate, Mir Hossein Mousavi, or a rival, Mehdi Karrubi. Makhmalbaf was Mousavi’s spokesman during mass protests after the declaration of Ahmadinejad as the winner of the disputed June 12 election.

Nationally known actresses Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Leyli Rashidi, Bahareh Rahnama and Pegah Ahangarani, all of whom actively backed Mousavi during weeks of campaigning, are on a partial list published by Mowj. The site’s full name, Mowj Sabz Azadi, or Green Wave of Freedom, is a reference to Mousavi’s campaign.


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