Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization (ICHTO)
has called on those campaigning on behalf of
presidential candidates not to damage Iranian
national heritage by sticking posters and bills on
historical monuments and cultural heritage
The organization referred to articles 558, 560 and
564 of the Penal Code, and said that sticking
posters on ancient buildings which have been
registered as cultural heritage sites is
considered an offense and those found guilty will
be given sentences of one to 10 years imprisonment
in addition to paying compensation for the damage,
Gholamreza Kamyar, a lawyer for the ICHTO, said
that damaging cultural heritage sites is
punishable by law and violators will be
"If election campaign teams for presidential
candidates violate the law while campaigning for
the June 17 presidential election, ICHTO will take
legal action against them," he warned.
The organization said that removing the posters
also causes damage to ancient buildings.
"Experiences of past elections have proved
that the act of sticking posters and removing them
caused heavy damage to cultural heritage sites
since one needs water and scrapers to remove them.
Both of the means harm the surface of buildings
which are old and need maintenance," ICHTO
Meanwhile, advocates of cultural heritage called
on candidates of presidential elections to
acknowledge the magnitude of damage of sticking
posters on historical monuments and buildings and
oblige them to refrain from such actions.