Ezzatollah Zarghami

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Ezatollah Zarghami
Zarghami in 2016
Born Seyed Ezatollah Zarghami
(1959-07-22) 22 July 1959 (age 57)[citation needed]
Tehran, Iran
Nationality Iranian
Alma mater Amir Kabir University
Occupation Former executive director of IRIB
Religion Shia Islam
Children 4

Ezzatollah Zarghami (Persian: عزت الله ضرغامی‎‎; born 22 July 1959 in Tehran)[citation needed] is an Iranian politician, former military officer and media executive who was the head of IRIB from 2004 until 2014.


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.


Zarghami was sanctioned by the European Union on 23 March 2012 "for committing human rights abuses."[1][2]

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.[3]


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

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Political offices
Preceded by
Mehdi Faridzadeh
Deputy Minister of Culture in Cinema Affairs
Succeeded by
Seifollah Dad
Media offices
Preceded by
Ali Larijani
Director-General of IRIB
Succeeded by
Mohammad Sarafraz