The new Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance made his first appearance in office on Saturday morning after he was qualified by the Majlis on Thursday.
Speaking to reporters, Ali Jannati said "The recognition of issues, problems, and challenges that exist in the department will be prioritized. After that we will think out approaches to these problems and will solve them.”
Jannati also thanked the previous Culture Minister Mohammad Hosseini and said "Dr. Hosseini is one of the learned men of the country. I have worked with him since two decades ago. I have been closely in contact with him and will use his ideas and points of view.”
"I have not yet made a final decision about the deputies. I will announce them in the days to come,” he further said.
Answering a question regarding censorship he said "I will investigate the problems and processes and will think about the censorship issue. I have to point out that there will be no censorship for individuals.”
He added "We must mention priorities one by one. First of all we must get a bit acquainted with the situations here, since I have been away from the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance for years. So, tasks will be defined and announced according to policies and with the priorities of the government of insight and hope. Naturally policies will be different from those of the previous term. We will mention them gradually in different artistic, cinematic, and other activities gradually.”
"We will try to prevent and reduce as much as we can some of those cumbersome rules,” he concluded.