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Iran State TV Censors Portions Of Rouhani Campaign Film: Reports


The semiofficial ILNA news agency says Iran's state TV censored portions of a campaign film released by President Hassan Rouhani, two weeks ahead of the May 19 presidential election.

ILNA on May 6 did not provide further details, but a member of the Rouhani campaign told the Associated Press that state TV had cut several segments of the film, titled President Rouhani.

The 24-minute film was shown by IRIB’s Channel One at 6:30 p.m. as scheduled but with apparent cuts to the audio and video content.

Rouhani is seeking a second term in office. Hard-line cleric Ebrahim Raisi is considered by many to be his main challenger.

The Rouhani campaign official said one cut portion showed supporters chanting for opposition leader Mir Hossein Musavi.

Mousavi, whose Green Movement is opposed by hard-liners, has been under house-arrest since 2011.

The Rouhani official said a photo of former President Mohammad Khatami was also cut.

The name and image of reform-minded Khatami, who served from 1997 to 2003, have been banned in the Iranian media since 2015 by the hard-line judiciary.

Khatami has announced his support for Rouhani, while Musavi is also considered a Rouhani backer.

State TV did not immediately comment.

Based on reporting by Bloomberg, AP, and ILNA
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