The Iranian regime state television issued an apology after broadcasting footage of a couple sharing a brief kisslocal media said this Friday.
Any display of physical contact between men and women is prohibited on the official television channels of the Islamic Republic.
In a broadcast on Thursday, the entertainment channel Nasim It showed a young couple kissing briefly in a park as they walked past a hidden camera recording a prank show.
The program segment “The Incredible Four”went viral on social media.
The couple is seen for about three seconds walking through a park in the capital, Tehranwhile filming a prank.
In a statement published by the news agency ISNA on Friday, Nasim apologized for a “mistake that resulted from the negligence of the production team.”
It added that the channel “will firmly handle those responsible for the negligence after an investigation.”
Network Nasimwhich appears as the network Nishat and Entertainmentpromised that “while investigating the full dimensions of this incident, after confirming the results, it will take decisive action against the causes of this negligence on its agenda.”
In 2021, two husband and wife state television presenters apologized after embracing during a live broadcast, sparking controversy.
The two said they didn’t know they were on the air.
Iran lives under an ultra-conservative theocratic regime, in which many freedoms are suppressed and the cost of rebelling can be punished with human rights abuses.
In this regard, the Government of Canada recently announced the imposition of the tenth package of sanctionsthis time against eight individuals and two entities, for their alleged responsibility in the violation of Human Rights in Iran.
Canadian Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly noted that this package is because “the Iranians are demanding a better future.” “They are fighting to protect their Human Rights so that their children -and future generations- can live in peace and prosperity”he added.
“We call on the Iranian regime to end its brutal oppression of the people of Iran and meet their demands in good faith. It is time to end the cycle of violence and forge a new path based on peace, security and stability for the Iranian people,” he stated.
These sanctions include senior members of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and security forces for “serious and systematic violations of Human Rights in Tehran and in the Kurdish and Azeri areas of northwestern Iran.”
The package also sanctions senior officials involved in the production of unmanned aerial vehicles (drones) and ballistic missiles, which are alleged to be used in the Ukraine war by Russian troops to attack civilian infrastructure.
(With information from AFP)
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