Mohammad Hosseiny, the Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, has called for more serious supervision by security and supervisory bodies over the entry of foreign reporters for coverage of the presidential election.
Hosseiny said in addition to the 120 press bureaus already active in Iran many more applications for press permits have been made to cover the coming presidential election.
“In view of the fact that in the previous presidential election, Zionist reporters entered the country under the guise of a European country,” the culture minister said; “the security and supervisory bodies must approve the applicants that want to obtain press permits and enter Iran for journalistic activities.”
The presidential elections will take place on June 14. The last presidential election led to widespread mass protests after the reformist candidates alleged that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s victory was rigged.