|President Rouhani vows more secure atmosphere for media||
TEHRAN – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday pledged to honor his promise to create a more secure atmosphere for media people.
“The government and the president will keep the promise, which was made on the first day, to create a more secure atmosphere for the media people,” Rouhani said in an address to the Press Festival in Tehran.
“We should depict the realities for the people to raise their awareness. If clear information is provided to the people, we can achieve our sublime goals, including the goals of freedom and excellence for the society,” he added in his remarks which were broadcast live on television.
Also, Rouhani emphasized that the government advocates “freedom with responsibility”. He added, “There are values and principles in every society that should be respected by all.”
Elsewhere in his remarks, the president said, “Shutting down a newspaper should be the last resort not the first. If one violates the law, we should deal with him or the managing director of the daily.”
“Why should we shut down the whole newspaper and make a lot of people unemployed?” he asked.
In addition, Rouhani called for “moderation” to counter extremism in the society, adding that the country requires “balanced security.”
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