Iran’s popular popular TV channels, including Farsi and Arabic-language channels, are too hard for foreign audiences, a government-appointed body has warned.
The ministry of culture said it has advised Iran’s state TV channels to “avoid becoming too hard” and to avoid the use of “too many words and too many adjectives”.
The ministry has also ordered a ban on using the word “revolution”, and has also demanded that television stations use more natural language in the show titles.
The ministry said the government “must make sure that Iranian audiences are not fooled by TV shows that use too many words”.
It also urged TV broadcasters to avoid using the term “revolution” and instead to use “revolutionary”, “revolutionaries”, “defenders of the constitution” or “people’s revolution”.
Farsi TV, the country’s largest channel, has said it will also use more Arabic-style language.
Farsis TV is the official Arabic language-language channel of the Iranian government.
The government’s decree came as the US State Department said the Iranian regime had “failed to respect the rights of its citizens”.
“Iran’s regime continues to ignore its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and other international human rights instruments,” US State Dept spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
“The Iranian regime continues its crackdown on political dissent, including in its judicial system, and has not shown any respect for the rule of law or for international norms.”
She added that Iran’s “failure to respect international law and human rights standards and its continuing efforts to suppress peaceful dissent” had “severely damaged the ability of Iran’s government to govern”.
The US State Department said Iran “has been accused of using the courts to crack down on peaceful political dissent”, and said the “regime continues to violate human rights and international norms”.
Iran has said that its judiciary is independent and independent of any political faction.
The US has been monitoring Iran’s human rights record since the 1979 Islamic revolution.
In November, President Donald Trump, while visiting the country, said the country was a “totalitarian regime”.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been in office since 2014.