The new technologies in satellite and internet make it impossible to control the media, recognized Iran’s Culture Minister Ali Jannati, calling for a change in approach, reported Sunday the ISNA news agency.
“Control of the media of a technical or geographical point of view has become impossible,” said Jannati. “We can not prevent the entry of information in the country”
Mr. Jannati made the statement to police officers, marking once again the will of the government of President Hassan Rouhani to open the country to the world. He stressed that “one of the best ways to control public opinion is to accompany and not oppose it.” “Today, with the development of social networks, some information exchanges take place in both directions within a particular group (within these networks, Ed) and we can not in any way prevent, “he said. “If in the past, we could apply a control by putting pressure on the media, today this is no longer possible,” added Mr. Jannati.
It is illegal to possess equipment for to receive satellite TV channels in Iran, many Iranians have satellite dishes and receivers to watch the programs of foreign channels, including Persian. The police occasionally raid to capture the satellite equipment.
Mr. Jannati stressed that the technologies developed by the Western countries would allow the next two to three years to receive “2000 satellite TV channels on mobile phones.”
“With this new technology, people will no longer satellite dishes that can capture, “the minister added.
Since his election in June 2013, President Rohani applies an open policy on freedom, particularly with regard to Internet, drawing criticism from conservatives and leaders of the judiciary. Some social networks like Twitter or Facebook, however, remain forbidden, as many political or pornographic sites. But the Iranians are using software to circumvent these prohibitions.