The Circle of Ancient Iranian Studies
(CAIS) -- Iran’s
Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) has recently
forbidden its executives to be interviewed by the news media, or for them to
disclose any information to the press on the number of foreign tourists visiting
The order was issued by Reza Musavi, the new deputy director of ICHTHO.
report was published on Wednesday by the Persian service of CHN after several
CHTHO provincial directors refused to give information about the number of
tourists to the news agency.
to a CHTHO memorandum, we don’t have permission to give out the number of
tourists visiting Iran,” South Khorasan Province Cultural Heritage, Tourism
and Handicrafts Department Deputy Director Morteza Arabi told CHN.
Province Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Department Deputy Director
Farshid Chechani also declined to reveal any information and said that every
application requesting information about the subject must be sent straight to
the CHTHO director.
CHTHO Public Relations Office has confirmed the report and said, “The CHTHO
deputy director has prohibited all provincial departments to publish any
statistics on tourism.”
number of foreign tourists visiting Iran has declined over the past few months.
Last July, Hamid Baqaii succeeded CHTHO’s controversial former director Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaii. After him, the former CHTHO Public Relations Office director Reza Musavi, who had unofficially banned Iranian press and media, was then appointed as his deputy director.
Mach ICHTHO had prohibited archaeologists working at ancient Iranian sites from
giving interviews to the Iranian press.
Over the past five years, Iranian archaeologists have published a great deal of information exposing the Islamic Republic and the destruction of ancient Iranian historical sites under the guise of construction projects.
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