Farshad Mahdipur appointed Deputy Minister of Culture in charge of the press
TEHRAN – Journalist Farshad Mahdipur has been chosen as deputy culture minister for press affairs.
His appointment was announced in a statement released Sunday by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Mahdipur started his career as a journalist working for the Persian dailies Hamshahri, Quds, Jam-e Jam. He also worked for the Mehr News Agency and the Fars News Agency.
The Persian daily Sobhe No was founded by Mahdipur who was also its editor for several years.
He is the founder of the Cyberspace Study Center at the Institute for Islamic Culture and Thoughts and was the former director of the Institute’s Cultural and Social Study Center.
In his decree released on Sunday, Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili called on Mahdipur “to harness the potential of news media, news agencies and websites, online social media, to to give a true picture of the growth and achievements of the Islamic Revolution and to present the government’s media objectives in Iran and abroad.
He also stressed the need for “the expansion of media relations with regional and world organizations regarding cultural and media policies adopted by the people’s government”.
He also called on Mahdipur “to carry out a review of the structure of his office due to the development of cyberspace and social media”.
The winds of change are blowing throughout the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance.
Earlier last week, Mohammad Khazaei, producer of acclaimed films such as “Emperor of Hell” and “Damascus Time”, was appointed the new director of the Cinema Organization of Iran.
The changes also affected other organizations. The leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, selected Payman Jebelli as the new director general of broadcasting of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRIB) last week.
Photo: Farshad Mahdipur, new Deputy Minister of Culture in charge of the press, in an undated photo.
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