Iran's pro-reform parliament is studying a constitutional amendment that would permit the nation's first-ever private television networks, an MP told the official IRNA news agency Monday.
Valiollah Shojapourian, deputy head of parliament's culture committee, said lawmakers were looking at ways to create channels that would be owned "by non-governmental entities and not by the people."
He said the existing law, which provides only for the state-run Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB), is "vague and the culture committee is trying to introduce amendments to it."
Reformist supporters of President Mohammad Khatami have frequently accused the conservative-run IRIB, which also administers the state radio network, of biased coverage against the pro-reform movement. — (AFP, Tehran)
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