Open letter by 100 Iranian artists to President Rouhani

Open letter by 100 Iranian artists to President Rouhani
ID : N-1870 Date : 2018/05/30 - 11:43

(Persia Digest) – Over 100 Iranian filmmakers and artists have written a letter to President Rouhani asking for the lifting of restrictions imposed on artists and actors.

Quoting ILNA, Persia Digest reports that the names of famous personalities can be seen on the list, such as Parviz Parastouei, Jafar Panahi, Tahmineh Milani, Kianoush Ayari, Fatemeh Motamed-Aria, Ali Mosafa, and Baran Kosari.

The letter addresses President Rouhani: “Since, as President, you are responsible for the implementation of the Constitution and civil rights, we are asking you as a group of actors, producers, and authors working in cultural fields to take action once and for all to allow those artists who are banned from working, and entering or leaving their country due to the nature of their work to be free of such restrictions and have their rights to work and travel to their country protected.”

Persia Digest reports that since the death of the famous Iranian actor, Naser Malek-Motiee who worked in the cinema before the 1979 revolution, controversy surrounding the limitations imposed on artists and actors has increased. Malek-Motiee was banned from the silver screen following the Islamic revolution for his role in alleged distasteful movies.

There was much protest at his funeral for the way he was treated. In return, many hardliner newspapers have supported the ban imposed on him following the Islamic revolution. Today, over 100 Iranian artists have written to President Rouhani asking for his assistance to resolve such issues.

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