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IRNA chief: Journalist pioneers of transparency

Tehran, The most important function of a journalist is to give accurate information and journalists are the flag-bearers of it, said the Managing director of Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Zia Hashemi on Wednesday.

'All the countries need freedom of speech, and journalists are the most entitled group to have that because they should be able to report and criticize freely,' said Hashemi in the meeting with IRNA staff on Iran's National Journalists Day (August 8).

Saying that the journalists should be fair in their criticisms, he added that there is a fine border between criticism and slander, which journalism should pay careful attention not to cross over it.

'If a correct criticism leads to improving a bad situation only for %10, that means that the society has improved %10, which shows the importance of fair criticism.'

Hashemi stressed that freedom of speech and opinion should be institutionalized in the media organizations and added, 'If we want to have freedom of speech in the society and progress, we need to let journalists criticize their own professional environment.'

Some veteran journalists and the Head of Iran Newspaper also attended the ceremony.

IRNA journalist Mahmoud Saremi was martyred in Mazar-i-Sharif on August 8, 1998 by the Taliban terrorist group. The tragic incident was a shocking news that reverberated across the region and the world. Iran called the day National Journalists Day.

Martyr Mahmoud Saremi's son, Sina, also attended IRNA ceremony.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA


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