Iran approves death penalty for pornographers
'Corruptors of the world' beware
Iran's parliament today approved the death penalty for "persons convicted of working in the production of pornographic movies", AP reports.
The vote was an overwhelming 148 to five in favour of the move, which declared that "producers of pornographic works and main elements in their production are considered corruptors of the world and could be sentenced to punishment as corruptors of the world".
The Koranic term "corruptor of the world" is one of the highest-ranked misdemeanours "on the scale of an individual's criminal offenses" and carries the death penalty under Iranian Islamic law. The "main elements" in question are actors, cameramen, directors, and producers of grumble flicks, although the bill also recommends "convictions ranging from one year imprisonment to a death sentence for the main distributors of the movies and also producers of websites in which the pornographic works would appear".
The bill now faces approval by Iran's "constitutional watchdog", the Guardian Council.
The legislation was reportedly provoked by the case of actress Zahra Amir Ebrahimi, who appeared to have sex with a man in a widely-enjoyed amateur tape which escaped onto the internet and subsequently did brisk trade as a bootleg DVD. Ebrahimi, who vehemently denies she is the star of the film and dismisses it as a fake "made by a vengeful former fiancé bent on destroying her career", faces a possible fine, public flogging, or "worse" for breaking Iran's public morality laws.
The other half of the romping couple fled to Armenia, but was hauled back to Iran and is currently in jail on similar charges. ®
Everyone likes porn...
And it is only natural too. But from a place where the women have to walk ten paces behind the men and have to cover themselves up - this is just another stupid way to control the masses - from poor interpretations of a book that was written back to front, thousands of years ago from someone probably off their face on ergot.
I wish I was born 2000 years ago, I would have made up a much better storybook.
America joins the Iranian Porno Bandwagon
Not exactly the death penalty, and not exactly porn, but it does give a worrying insight into developments...
Builders are going to go apeshit.
re: Um Wait a minuet
I admit that I have presumed that the lady in question was in prison, having been charged, the article doesn't specify. It does specify that her pertner is. I also presumed that she'll get the book thrown at here, but if you have any idea about what goes on in Iran, you'll know that they dish out the death penalty like it is going out of fashion. There are little or no human rights and it most certainly doesn't have a government that should be held up as a shining example of how an Islamic state should be run.
I am not believing the tosh that Dubya is spouting, rather the information that many NGOs, such as Amnesty International et al are supplying. You most certainly do not get a fair trial in Iran. The recent case of the Leeds man who was almost executed having been twice found not guilty of murder, because the Islamic courts said that they thought he should die when the secular courts said he was not guilty. It took some rather special pressure to be brought on the Iranian government to prevent this.
Who cares if they are or are not keeping people without charge, if they are going on to flog and execute them like it's giong out of fashion.
Just because Dubya/Blair say something, doesn't mean that it is automatically untrue, although I always question what I hear.