Ezzatollah Zarghami

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Ezatollah Zarghami
Ezzatollah Zarghami at JAMNA convention.jpg
Zarghami in 2017
Head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting
In office
21 July 2004 – 10 November 2014
Appointed by Ali Khamenei
Preceded by Ali Larijani
Succeeded by Mohammad Sarafraz
Personal details
Born Seyyed Ezatollah Zarghami
c. 1959 (age 57–58)
Tehran, Iran[1]
Nationality Iranian
Political party JAMNA
Alma mater Amir Kabir University
Islamic Azad University
Website zarghami-ez.ir
Military service
Service/branch Revolutionary Committees
Revolutionary Guards
Years of service 1982–2004
Rank 2nd Brigadier general
Battles/wars Iran–Iraq War

Seyyed Ezzatollah Zarghami (Persian: سید عزت‌الله ضرغامی‎‎) is Iranian conservative Politician and former military officer. Zarghami was Deputy of Minister in Culture and Islamic Ministry as well as Defence Ministry before holding office as the head of Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting from 2004 to 2014.

On 15 March 2017, he announced his candidacy for the upcoming election.


Zarghami served as a general in the Revolutionary Guard.[2] during Iran Iraq war and successfully produced massive quantity of Rockets and Missiles before becoming head of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, the media corporation in charge of controlling Iranian national radio and television broadcasting, since 2004.[2] His predecessor was Ali Larijani.


Zarghami among other 16 Iranian Officials was sanctioned by the European Union on 23 March 2012 "for committing human rights abuses."[2][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]

2017 election[edit]

On 15 March 2017, Zarghami announced his candidacy for Iranian presidential election, 2017 via his social media accounts. He said he "has felt the responsibility to fix the country’s management structure on a macro scale", accepting "the invitation of the Popular Front of Islamic Revolution Forces".[5] Zarghami who was speculated as a potential candidate since late 2014,[6] denied the possibility of his own candidacy in November 2015.[7]


  1. ^ زندگی نامه مهندس سید عزت الله ضرغامی
  2. ^ a b c "Ezzatollah Zarghami". Foundation for Defence of Democracies. 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. 
  5. ^ Saeid Jafari (15 March 2017), Ex-IRIB chief to run for President, The Iran Project, retrieved 15 March 2016 
  6. ^ Will Former Head of State-Run TV Challenge Hassan Rouhani in 2017 Presidential Election?, Iranian Diplomacy, 31 October 2016, retrieved 20 February 2017 
  7. ^ Saeid Jafari (31 August 2015), Could Iran’s next president be former TV boss?, Al-Monitor, retrieved 8 February 2016 

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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