(Persia Digest) – The possibility of theft from the IRIB archives and the sale of documentary films to Persian-speaking networks operating outside Iran has been the topic of discussions again recently.
This has been an ongoing issue for years. Recently, following the broadcast of a number of documentaries on the 1979 Islamic Revolution by a Persian-speaking TV channel headquartered in London opposed to the Islamic establishment in Iran, the subject is back in the spotlight. How is it possible for this TV channel which is less than 10 years old to have access to such archives?
The documentaries broadcast by the network had remained unseen to date and are considered rare, giving rise to speculations that they were taken from the IRIB archives and sold to the network.
Speaking about the sale of its archived films to the London-based network, a member of the supervisory board at the IRIB in Iran said: “Films from the IRIB archives have been sold over a number of years and taken out of the country by a third person.”
Seyed Ehsan Ghazizadeh-Hashemi said: “Reports indicated that IRIB archives have been taken according to subject and taken out of the country by a third person.”
He stated that the IRIB supervisory board was investigating the issue, adding: “This has been happening for particular themes periodically since the IRIB began work and all the archive directors must now be answerable.”
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