The Iranian Writers Association says government officials prevented the group from holding its monthly discussion meeting.

In a statement, the association says the meeting was scheduled to be held at the home of one of the members on Tuesday January 21. That member was summoned by officials from the ministry of intelligence and forced to cancel the gathering.

The statement indicates the association has been subjected to government pressure and oppression since its founding in 1968.

The statement notes the president’s recent promises of freedom of activity in the art and culture field and warns that no independent organization is being allowed to remain publicly active in the art and culture scene.