Pedram Pak-Aeen, Culture Ministry’s director general for domestic news agencies and press, announced all the active news websites operating in Iran should obtain licenses and permits from the Ministry.
“We have decided to organize online publications in Iran. But this job needs enough time to get done. So according to law, until the end of Shahrivar (ends on September) all the news websites must obtain license from Ministry. All the Internet publications should follow this rule.” Pedram Pak-Aeen said.
He also defined online publications by saying: “Websites publish news reports, analysis, interviews are considered as online publications. So they need to apply for this license.”
“We believe most of news websites will apply for the mentioned licenses because they are mostly managing by media staff and they are familiar with the process. Publishing news reports without having license is like committing crime as it has defined in law.” Pak-Aeen added.
Currently there are a lot of online publications in Iran and some of them do not meet the requirements set by Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.