Informed sources said that the Iranian authorities have fired the presenter of the political program “Zawya” on Channel 4, Habibullah Rahim Pour Azghdi, after one of his guests accused the country’s president, Hassan Rouhani, of drug abuse.
On Monday evening, the government-affiliated Tasnim news agency reported that the director of the state broadcaster, Ali Askari, decided to dismiss Pro Azeghdi from his job at Channel 4 due to statements made by one of his guests during the last episode of the program, which included insults to some officials of the executive authority.
The cleric, Ahmed Jahan Bazorgi, director of the Institute for Culture and Islamic Thought in Tehran, accused Rouhani of drug use in a live interview broadcast on Channel 4 several days ago.
He considered that Rouhani was not interested in the country’s problems, and said, “Perhaps the official sits in his house by the stove, ignoring what is happening in his country and not communicating with the ministers.”
The term “sitting by the stove” is used in Iran for drug users.
The director of the Iranian Radio and Television Corporation offered a formal apology to the country’s president after the incident, which prompted Rouhani to threaten to file a case against Channel 4.
Source: “Tasnim” + agencies