IRAN—The Iranian government’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance took steps to disband the Iranian House of Cinema (IHC) on Tuesday evening. The decision was announced by a letter sent to Farhad Tohidi, chairman of the IHC board of directors, who spoke with the Tehran Times. The ministry accused IHC officials of establishing the guild without heeding legal formalities, as well as carrying out “other illegal acts.”
This is the latest action in years of tension between the IHC and the Iranian government. In Iran, all arts and cultural institutions must obtain a license for operation and then have their charter approved by the Iran Public Culture Council. The Culture Ministry has filed a lawsuit against the IHC saying that they amended their charter without informing the council.
The organization has been told to cease all activities starting today.