Ezzatollah Zarghami

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Ezzatollah Zarghami is a former Iranian military officer, who is the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB).

Career[edit]

Zarghami served as a general in the Revolutionary Guard.[1] has been the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the media corporation in charge of controlling Iranian national radio and television broadcasting, since 2004.[1] His predecessor was Ali Larijani.

Views[edit]

On 4 July 2009, Zarghami told the press that the videos of Neda Agha Soltan's death during the 2009–10 Iranian election protests were all fake and were produced by BBC and CNN.[2]

Controversy[edit]

Zarghami was sanctioned by the European Union on 23 March 2012 "for committing human rights abuses."[1][3]

He was also criticized for allegedly trying to prevent Iranian President Hassan Rouhani from appearing on his network for a scheduled interview in February 2014.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Ezzatollah Zarghami". Foundation for Defense of Democracies. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "tabannews Resources and Information". tabannews. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Council decision 2012/168/CFSP". Official Journal of the European Union. 24 March 2012. Retrieved 17 June 2013. 
  4. ^ David Kenner (6 February 2014). "Iran's Hardliners Just Tried to Muzzle Hassan Rouhani". Foreign Policy. Retrieved 6 February 2014. 

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