Advertisement of Iranian Films in Satellite Channels Requires Revision of Law: Minister

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati
Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati

Iranian Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati regretted that Iranian cultural products are not legally allowed to be advertised in satellite channels while 70% of Iranians watch such networks.

According to a report by ICANA, as translated by IFP, Jannati referred to the criticisms raised against the legal ban on the broadcast of Iranian films’ trailers in satellite networks, saying, “The revision of this law is very crucial, and it must be revised, because the use of satellite is completely illegal, while the majority of people are using it.”

“In fact, 70% of Iranian people are acting against the law; however, as long as the law that bans the use of satellite is in place, the regulations that fall under this law should also take effect,” he went on to say.

70% of Iranian people watch satellite channels while it is illegal: Minister

“Although the ban on advertisement of feature films in satellite networks is still in place and producers should not cooperate with satellite channels, a serious move should be made for the advertisement of films inside the country.”

Minister: If use of satellite becomes legal in Iran, cultural products can be advertised in satellite channels

He referred to the responsibility of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) to prepare the grounds for the advertisement of feature films, saying, “The Ministry has held talks with the IRIB chief and urged them to pave the way for advertisement of all films with official licences.”

“If this is realized, we can oppose the broadcast of film trailers in satellite networks; however, if there is such a devastating restriction inside the country [that the IRIB selectively airs the film trailers], filmmakers would naturally tend towards satellite channels.”

“Satellite channels can be used for the advertisement of cultural products, but this would be realized only if the use of satellite is legally permitted,” he stressed.

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