Mohammad Hosseini (politician)
|Minister of Culture|
3 September 2009 – 15 August 2013
|Preceded by||Hossein Saffar Harandi|
|Succeeded by||Ali Jannati|
|Born||1961 (age 52–53)
|Alma mater||Tehran University|
Mohammad Hosseini (born 1961) is an Iranian politician who served as minister of culture in the second cabinet of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. He is also a military figure and the veteran of the Iran Iraq war. He is part of the Mahmoud Ahmedinejad's close circle.
Early life and education
Hosseini joined the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) after the 1979 revolution. During the Iran Iraq war he served in the Iranian army. After the war, he served in different posts, including the head of the Sorush Publications, deputy director of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, and advisor of the Islamic Culture and Relations Organization. He also served as Iran's cultural consular in Kenya. In addition, he taught fiqh and Islamic law at Tehran University. He was also a member of the fifth Majlis, representing his hometown, Rafsanjan, in the 1990s. During his tenure at the Majlis he also worked as the vice minister of science.
Hosseini was appointed minister of culture on 3 September 2009, replacing Hossein Saffar Harandi in the post. Hosseini won 194 votes in favor and 61 votes against at the Majlis. In the cabinet of Mahmoud Ahmedinejad, Hosseini was one of the ministers who had experience in the IRGC.
The European Union sanctioned Hosseini in October 2011 due to his alleged repressive approach against journalists in Iran. It was also argued by AFP that he had been reinforcing media censorship and the arrest of journalists in Iran.
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