Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Which Channel's God TV Again?

The head of Iran’s state-run television has said all homegrown drama programmes should feature scenes showing characters praying or they will be denied airtime.... Citing a scene in a popular Iranian series where a murder suspect is shown praying, Ezatollah Zarghami said: “Prayer scenes should not be confined to positive and leading characters, the elderly and the clean-living types.” He said children’s programmes should also seek to teach the young about praying.

None of which is really new to the Islamic Republic :

Zarghami took over two years ago... Programming is interrupted for the broadcast of the daily prayers, newsreaders invoke God before each bulletin and there are frequent readings from the Quran.


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