Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence has summoned broadcasting managers from across the country to inform them of the red lines they must not cross in the lead-up to the presidential election.
Kaleme reports that the deputy minister of intelligence told the mangers that any form of “negative reflections” during this time will not be tolerated.
The report indicates the broadcasters were told to stay in line with the statement issued by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei, with a reminder that the Revolutionary Guards and the Intelligence Ministry is monitoring broadcasts to prevent any violations.
Iran’s presidential election is set for June of this year. Outgoing president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who is unable to run after two terms in office, is working hard to promote his choice in the race, but the establishment’s conservative factions, especially those close to Ayatollah Khamenei, have been very critical of his administration and allies.
Meanwhile, Ahmadinejad has been accusing his opponents of corruption and threatening to expose financial abuses committed by senior figures pursuing the presidency.