The Press Law

Article 10: The Press Supervisory Board shall consist of devoted Muslims who possess the required scientific and moral competence and are committed to the Islamic Revolution as follows:
a. One of the judges of the state Supreme Court as elected by the Supreme Judiciary Council.
b. Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance or his fully authorized representative.
c. A Majlis deputy as elected by the Majlis.
d. A university professor appointed by the Minister of Culture and Higher Education.
e. One of the press managing directors as elected by the press.
f. One of the teachers of the Qom religious seminary as elected by the Supreme Council of the Religious Seminary of Qom.
g. One of the Members of the Supreme Council of the Cultural Revolution as elected by the council.
Note 1: Two months after this law, the Press Supervisory Board shall be formed for a period of two years. For subsequent terms it shall be formed one month before the expiration of the earlier term upon the invitation of the Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance.
Note 2: The sessions of the Press Supervisory Board shall be considered valid upon the presence of twothirds of the members and the decisions shall be valid and binding if adopted by the absolute majority.
Note 3: After due investigation, the Press Supervisory Board will forward its comments to the Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance for implementation. The Office of the Press Supervisory Board will be established with the equipment provided for by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and will operate under the supervision of the Board.
Note 4: The Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance is responsible for calling and organizing the election meeting related to paragraph E and, those mentioned in paragraphs A, B and C will have the right to examine and approve the qualifications of the election nominees. This law shall become effective after its ratification (Appendix dated 22 June, 1986).
Note 5: Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance will be the Head of the Press Supervisory Board and will speak to their conduct in the Majlis and to other competent authorities.

Article 11: The Press Supervisory Board is responsible for examining applications for press licenses and the competency of the applicant and the managing director.
Note: If the license holder lacks one of the requirements mentioned in article 9, with the assessment of the Press Supervisory Board, as prescribed by article 10, and while taking into consideration the notes within the license, the license will be revoked.

Article 12: The Press Supervisory Board shall examine press violations directly, or, upon the request of the Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance and, at least two of the members of the Press Supervisory Board within a month and, if necessary, directly or through one of the members of the Press Advisory Board, it may file written requests for legal proceedings at competent courts.
Note: in cases of violations of article 6, other than those of parts 3 and 4, and sections b, c, and d of article 7, the Press Supervisory Board can shut down the publication and in such cases, the board must turn over the case file to a court for further process within a weeks time.

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