IRIB investigation brings law update

An investigation into the running of the Iranian state broadcaster has forced a change in the country's laws.

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By  Adam Bennett Published  July 20, 2001

A call for an investigation into the running of the Iranian state broadcaster, IRIB, has brought about a change in the country's laws. The issue had been causing some heated debates in the country's parliament for several days.Moderates have been trying to instigate an investigation into the broadcasters political agenda and finances.

The matter was finally settled when the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, agreed to a change in Article 198 that would grant the parliament the constitutional right to audit 'foundations' under the leader's direct supervision, meaning that IRIB will now be audited and investigated by a parliamentary committee.
"Conducting investigations into various state institutions is a suitable means of preserving the health of these bodies," Khamenei said in a letter read on television. "This is a strong point in our constitution and the radio and television organisation as well as the country can benefit from this."

Opponents of the investigation had claimed that it would contravene the law and was also contrary parliamentary bylaw Article 198. The Iranian news agency reported that the previous day, when the speaker of the Majlis ruled that the investigation would contravene the Article, a brawl lasting several minutes broke out in the assembly.
Ali Asghar Hadizadeh, the MP for Mahallat and Delijan who instigated the motion to investigate IRIB said, "I bear no personal grudge toward IRIB, but, as an ordinary citizen I noticed some bias in some IRIB programs."

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