The Press Law

Chapter Eight: Miscellaneous Item

Article 45: Exact supervision on the work of the Journals and their carry out of their journalistic mission is the responsibility of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. This matter does not prevent the Supervisory Board from performing their duties.

Article 46: Owners of the license and the General Managers are responsible for insuring all the employees of the publication so that in case the publication was shut down by order of court or opinion of the Supervisory Board, their legal wages are paid until they find another job as with accordance to the Labor Law.

Article 47: The procedural code for this law will be prepared by the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance within sixe months time and ratified by the Cabinet.

Article 48: This law, including the manner of formation of the Supervisory Board and the jury must be followed from the time of ratification. Further, from the moment of ratification, all other laws contradicting this, including the Legal Protocol for the Press ratified on 25/5/1358 by the Revolutionary Council are nullified.
Article 48 will replace article 36 of the Press Law. The above code including 29 articles was ratified on open session of Tuesday 30 th of Farvardin 1379 by the Islamic Consultative Assembly.

Executive By-law of the Press Law Ratified in March 1986
Chapter 1: Definition and Specifications of the Press

Article 1: In terms of regular publication timetable, the press may be published in the following intervals: Once in a day (daily), once in a week (weekly), once in two weeks (biweekly), once a month (monthly), once in two months (bimonthly), once in three months (quarterly), twice a year (biannual) and once a year (annual).

Article 2: When naming a publication the publisher must use such words which would prevent the publication from being mistaken with the existing publications or with those which have been closed down temporarily or permanently and the name should not bring to mind the latter group of publications. Also the name of the publication must not be strange and should not create the assumption that the publication is dependent on revolutionary and government organs.

Article 3: Adoption of any methods other than those specified in Article 1 of the Press Law must conform to the mission of the press.

Article 4: Extraordinary publication of special issues and supplements in the name of the same publication and in compliance with other specifications cited in the publisher's license, is permissible provided the publisher observes the provisions of the Press Law.
Note: Such supplements cannot be published regularly.

Article 5: Translation of all or part of materials published by licensed publications and separate and regular publication of such materials is permissible provided the publisher observes his/her other commitments indicated in the license.

Article 6: Offset or Xerox reproduction of a publication in the same printed language and format without the permission of the license holder is prohibited.

Article 7: Materials published in a publication must conform to the methods and requirements specified in the license of the publisher and the publication is not allowed to publish matters and articles which go beyond those methods and requirements and may affect its general policies and objectives.

Article 8: While observing the provisions of Article 2 of the Press Law and in compliance with the demanded method, local dailies and weeklies are obliged to publish materials about the social and cultural issues of the place of publication, in order to enhance public awareness.

Article 9: It is permitted to quote from aberrant or anti-Islamic (domestic and foreign) publications, groupings and parties for research, criticism or rejection of their viewpoints provided this would not be tantamount to publicity for them.

Article 10: No change is permissible in the specifications cited in a license, such as change of name, method, order and place of publication, or a change in the format of the publication prior to informing the Press Supervisory Board and obtaining its approval.

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