Majlis deputies demand tougher action against the media

In yesterday's session of the clerical regime's Majlis, 180 deputies declared support for Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei's remarks last week on the need to confront "the enemies' creeping cultural onslaught."

Addressing "the judiciary, intelligence organs, State Security Force and the Ministry of Islamic Guidance," the deputies demanded that "the Islamic Revolutionary Court deal with those in the media who write materials which undermine the pillars of Islam as those acting against state security."

The deputies emphasized that "the Guidance Ministry must cooperate with the Intelligence Ministry to identify all those in the media who have targeted the public trust so that the judiciary could deal with them according to the Islamic Punishments Act." They warned that "they see it incumbent upon themselves to deal with organs that are negligent and lenient in implementing the Leader's instructions."

Majlis deputies' demand that "Islamic revolutionary courts" apply "the Islamic Punishment Act" to newspapers and writers "acting against state security" renders hollow Khatami's pledge to restore "rule of law and civil society" which he repeated in his press briefing in New York. It leaves those expecting reform or change within this regime in limbo.

Previously, mullah Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Eje'i, a judiciary official, had stressed that "if the offenses of the Toos daily are proven in a court of law, those committing them would be considered as 'mohareb' [waging war on God]. The law has stipulated the fate of the mohareb very clearly." According to the mullahs' laws, the punishment for "mohareb" is death.

Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 24, 1998

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