Worried that the image of their favorite dish (like this mouth-watering Maklubah) will be so incendiary that people who can’t afford to buy it will be inclined to attack the rich, Mr Ahmadi-Moghaddam, brother-in-law of Iran’s president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told a law enforcement officers at a recent conference in Tehran these films should be restricted.
Designed to pressure the Iranian government to end what most view as a suspect uranium enrichment program, the sanctions and a new EU boycott of the country’s oil sales have crippled the economy.
Many local Iranians have turned to aubergine – chicken of the poor because prices for chicken and other meat are sometimes three times as high as they were last year. The Telegraph reports that last week, prices for chicken had reached as much as £3.67 per kilo.
“Films are now the windows of society and some people observing this class gap might say that we will take knives and take our rights from the rich. IRIB [Iran’s state broadcaster] should not be the shop window for showing all which is not accessible,” Ahmadi-Moghaddam told police officers.
Determined to put on a brave face in defiance of the sanctions, government officials have warned journalists to refrain from making negative reports about the country’s economic woes. Mohammad Hosseini, Iran’s culture and Islamic guidance minister offered that Iranians need to show solidarity “so that the country is not hurt.”
But long lines at state food distribution centers, where chicken is sold at fixed, reduced prices, are hard to ignore. Even Yadollah Javani, Chief Adviser to a representative to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei warned that inflation could rise anywhere from 50 to 70 percent within the next six months.
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