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Mohammad-Ali Ramin

Position: Vice Minister in Charge of the Press (Until December 2010)

Sanctions: European Union (May 23, 2012)

Sanctions were placed against Vice-Minister Mohammad-Ali Ramin in May 2012 by the European Union for his abuse of human rights. According to the Official Journal of the European Union, Ramin was complicit in the regime’s censorship activities, “directly responsible for the closure of many newspapers, closure of the Independent Press Syndicate and the intimidation and arrest of journalists.”[1]

Ramin is said to have contributed most notably to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s negationist views on the Holocaust, according to Tehran Bureau.[2]


[1]The Council of the European Union, “Council Regulation (EU) No 264/2012 of 23 March 2012 amending 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, March 24, 2012, p. 28. (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2012:087:0026:0036:EN:PDF)

[2]Homylafayette, “The Political Craft of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; Part 2: The Great Balancing Act,” Tehran Bureau, November 29, 2010. (http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2010/11/the-political-craft-of-mahmoud-ahmadinejad-part-ii-the-great-balancing-act.html