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Dr Mohammad Hosseini

(Aka: Dr Seyyed Mohammad Hosseyni; Seyed, Sayyed and Sayyid)

Title: Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance since September 2009

Sanctions: European Union (October 12, 2011)

According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Seyyed Mohammad Hosseini was sanctioned by the EU for repressing journalists in October 2011.[1] AFP reported Hosseini has played an active role in media censorship and the arrests of journalists and artists.[2]

According to Iran's Fars News Agency, the BBC was planning a documentary on the life of the Prophet Mohammad, which was subsequently deemed inflammatory and suspicious by Hosseini in July 2011.[3]

According to the Associated Press, Hosseini condemned the BBC calling it an “evil organization” because the BBC works to sow discord in the population, engages in anti-Iran activities, and does not support the religious faith of Iran. As a result, Iran arrested at least six people who were suspected of working for the BBC on September 19, 2011. Hosseini stated, “It (BBC) agitated and guided the people in the hopes to create problems for the country. This is why the representative office of the BBC was shutdown in Tehran.”[4]

[1]Council of the European Union, “Council Implementing Regulation (EU) No 1002/2011 of 10 October 2011 Implementing Article 12(1) of Regulation (EU) No 359/2011 Concerning Restrictive Measures Directed Against Certain Persons, Entities and Bodies in View of the Situation in Iran,” Official Journal of the European Union, October 10, 2011, page 2.

[2]“Three Iranian Ministers in the Viewfinder of the EU for Violations of Human Rights,” AFP, October 10, 2011. (

[3]“Iran Warns to Counter BBC Film on Prophet Mohammad,” Fars News Agency (Iran), June 27, 2011. (

[4]“Iran Arrests Six Suspected BBC Journalists,” AP, October 21, 2011. (