Sharia Alert from the Islamic Republic. “Iran bans magazines for showing ‘corrupt’ foreign stars,” from AFP (thanks to Mackie):
TEHRAN (AFP) “” Iran has banned nine lifestyle and cinema magazines for publishing pictures of “corrupt” foreign film stars and details about their “decadent” private lives, the student ISNA news agency said Sunday.
The publications were banned by the press commission watchdog for “publishing photographs of corrupt foreign artists and details about their decadent lives.”
They were also “publishing advertising for forbidden medicines and articles that were contrary to morality and offensive to the ethnic minorities,” the agency quoted the commission as saying….
Such magazines regularly print articles and pictures of foreign film stars, as well as of Iranian actresses in the kinds of loose headscarves and tight-fitting clothes that are frowned upon by the Islamic authorities.
The latest issue of Donya-ye Tasvir carried articles about several Hollywood female stars including Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, all accompanied by pictures.
Iranian actresses have to observe the country’s Islamic dress rules when they appear in films but this has not stopped many from becoming feminine screen icons in the Islamic republic….