Rouhani Tweets on Freedom of Arts

January 8, 2014

            On January 8, President Hassan Rouhani appealed for loosened censorship of the arts in an address to six art and cultural guilds. “Art without freedom is meaningless,” he told the gathering of prominent Iranian artists. “Every system has its red lines, but it's absolutely essential for these lines to be transparent and clear, so to avoid arbitrary restrictions,” said Rouhani. Theater, music, poetry, cinema and calligraphy associations had invited the president to speak at Tehran’s Vahdat Hall. The following is a series of @HassanRouhani’s tweets based on his address.