[PROVISIONAL TRANSLATION FROM PERSIAN]

 

[Translator’s notes appear in square brackets.]

[Personal information has been redacted.]

[The excerpt below is from the section of the article that pertains to the Baha’i Faith]

 

[Adapted from website:] Kayhan Newspaper

[Date:] 1 Esfand 1399 [19 February 2021]

 

Claimants of Censorship in Cinema:

Iranian Cinema is Bad Because Namahram[1] People Do Not Have Contact With Each Other! (Literary And Artistic News)

Wahhabi Network - English Iran International, which broadcasts programmes from London, defended immoral behaviour in cinema by broadcasting an insolent documentary against Iranian cinema!

This network, which is run with Saudi money and controlled by a group of politicians who have defected and claim to be reformists, broadcast a documentary about Iranian cinema, trying to convince the audience that the cinema of the Islamic Republic of Iran is censored and the Iranian cinema community is suppressed due to the elimination of contact of the namahram people with each other and the removal of scenes of immoral behaviour.

This documentary also describes some of the actors of taghut[2] cinema in their attempt to appear in post-revolutionary cinema, and for this same reason they are insulted.

It is ridiculous that in this documentary, some problematic people have commented and made the Iranian cinema the target of their insults. One of these people is Shohreh Aghdashloo, a Persian film actress, who, for a residence visa in the United States, claimed to belong to the Baha’i sect. Another person is Reza Allamehzadeh, a Communist writer and director who had worked with SAVAK. The other person is someone who [is morally deviant] and fled the country last year after an ugly insult to the people mourning the martyr Qasem Soleimani!

 

 

[1] [Namahram:  Unrelated male, in front of whom Muslim woman should be veiled.]

[2] [Taghut:  An idol, symbol of tyranny, symbolically referring to the Pahlavi king as a tyrant]