Newspapers and media outlets across the US launched a widespread effort Thursday aimed at combating the constant attacks from President Donald Trump as well as negative feelings about the media's role in society.
The Pulitzer Prizes on Monday honored The Washington Post for hard-hitting reporting on Donald Trump's presidential campaign and The New York Times for revealing Vladimir Putin's power takeover, praising their probing of powerful people despite a hostile climate for the news media.
Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Ali Jannati is to attend in the inaugural ceremony of the 21st Press and News Agencies Exhibition which will begin today at the Imam Khomeini Grand Prayers Ground (Mosalla) in Tehran.
Prices of domestic cars to rise
Jahan-e San’at: Secretary of Iran’s Automakers Association said the prices of domestically produced cars will increase from mid-September.
Ahmad Nematbakhsh added that since automakers are running at a loss, they are entitled to a price rise.
The official noted that the value of parts needed for the auto industry has risen, which has prompted car manufacturers to increase their prices.
Nematbakhsh criticized lawmakers who seek to maintain the prices of domestic cars.
“Officials had better react to the rising prices of essential foods such as eggs, bread and dairy products rather than picking on automakers,” he said.
Rouhani’s endless patience reminiscent of Mosaddeq
Ebtekar: The abject failure of hardliners, whose social clout has been substantially eroded, has prompted them to use improper language and hostile approaches toward President Hassan Rouhani.
Such individuals are fully aware that the success of Rouhani’s administration will spell disaster for extremism.
The belligerent attitude of hardliners has isolated them and will end their power in the next Majlis elections, which will be held in March 2016.
Despite such adversities, Rouhani’s infinite patience has enhanced his status.
Such an approach is reminiscent of the democratically elected prime minister of Iran, Mohammad Mosaddeq who was overthrown in the 1953 coup.
Mosaddeq’s tolerance and patriotism had lent him a dignified status.
Etemad: Digital phobia has prompted certain official bodies to openly oppose plans for increasing bandwidth and Internet speed.
Lawmakers and religious figures have voiced concerns about “immersing” people in the digital age as it might negatively alter everyday life.
They are worried that the fast pace of development of the digital world would breed crime and moral corruption.
However, a large number of nations have easy access to such modern technology and their daily lives are not adversely affected by it.
Addiction more destructive than earthquakes
Arman: In the last few years, drug addiction has been a matter of critical debate in the media. The debate has cast its dark shadow on social misdemeanors.
Official figures indicate that 1.325 million addicts adversely affect the lives of their families and relatives.
A lawmaker said drug addiction takes a bigger toll than earthquakes.
Abbas Qaedrahmat pointed his finger at bodies that sweep the ominous phenomenon under the carpet in order to avoid facing its catastrophic consequences.
He noted that generating jobs and other efforts will contribute to easing the social repercussions of addiction.
Rouhani disregards concrete reality
Kayhan: It seems that President Hassan Rouhani has turned a blind eye to crimes committed by those who questioned the 2009 controversial presidential election.
Rouhani said in his press conference on Saturday that no one can stigmatize others unless they have been convicted by the law.
Although “notorious figures” who triggered anarchy after the election were not convicted, they flouted social conventions in public.
As a result, they must be subject to retribution and banned from state posts.
They openly provoked people to take to the street and posed major challenges to the country.
If certain figures have not been severely punished, they should appreciate the leniency of the Islamic Republic.
Haddad-Adel praises gov’t economic performance
Iran: A senior lawmaker hailed President Hassan Rouhani’s administration for creating economic stability a year after taking office.
Gholamali Haddad-Adel also said investors can surely determine their fate, which will culminate in generating jobs and entrepreneurial projects.
The conservative lawmaker noted that legislative and executive bodies should cooperate constructively to ease economic problems.
Despite Haddad-Adel’s exalted status among hardliners and conservative lawmakers, they resort to desperate measures to hamper Rouhani’s efforts to contain economic and political problems.
Such lawmakers should follow the path of the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei who has also supported nuclear negotiations with major world powers.
Illegal soil exports
Shahrvand: The media strived hard to convince the Majlis Agricultural Commission to release a report on illegal export of soil to some Arab states in mid-June 2013.
The fertile soil of Bushehr and Hormuzgan provinces in southern Iran had been exported to the Persian Gulf littoral states.
The deal was so lucrative that profiteers lobbied hard to continue their illegal trade.
Since it takes around 300 years to produce fertile soil for agriculture, it should touch gold for value.