President Rouhani attended the closing ceremony of this year’s press festival which was held in Vahdat auditorium.
"Holding this festival means that we respect the freedom of speech,” said Rouhani.
"The government considers responsible freedom,” the president stated, adding "If some press would intend to disregard society’s principles it will no doubt weaken or even end its relations with people.”
He asserted that religious sanctities and national/ethnic values must be respected by all. "Sensitivity is high in our society even within ethnic groups a considerable lot of whom show reaction even against the least of mistakes,” Hassan Rouhani pointed out.
He also said "If cultural issues could be solved with pressure and through the police, we must not have been worried about the country’s culture today.”