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The story: Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi is under fire over his proposed minister of culture and Islamic guidance. A number of prominent filmmakers have expressed harsh criticism of Raisi’s choice, comparing Mohammad Mahdi Esmaili’s approach with that of the Taliban movement that has seized power in neighboring Afghanistan. Esmaili’s past statements suggest that censorship will likely heighten during his tenure.
The coverage: The 92-page agenda for the ministry publicized by Esmaili has angered many in Iran...
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