Media blackout on chicken in Iran to prevent social upheaval
July 23, 2012
Iran, a country rich in oil with no need for nuclear power, has nevertheless sacrificed Iranian delicacies like chicken to build nuclear plants. NOTE: This is not valid justification for America to invade and destroy millions more lives/inflict immeasurable suffering onto the Iranian people.
After Iran’s national Police Chief Esmail Ahmadi recently felt it necessary to address the nation’s “chicken crisis,” public emotion has flown the coup, ultimately leading to the banning of televised images of people eating chicken, according to a Rueters report.
The soaring price for the culinary common that Iranians relish cooked with saffron, plums or pomegranates has become a simmering public debate, as international nuclear sanctions take hold of the Iranian economy.
Ahmadi urged television stations to avoid broadcasting images of people eating chicken, saying such pictures could fire up social tensions, with perhaps unforeseen consequences. “Certain people witnessing this class gap between the rich and the poor might grab a knife and think they will get their share from the wealthy,” Mehr news agency quoted him as saying.
Apparently, one way of identifying “the wealthy” in Iran is too spot them enjoying some chicken nuggets prepared with saffron. As Iran’s economy withers under erratic government management and international sanctions imposed over the country’s disputed nuclear program, food and fuel prices have the public clucking increasingly louder over the past 18 months.
As a reaction to Ahmadi-Moghaddam’s words, Mana Neyestani, a leading Iranian cartoonist, published a cartoon on “chicken story” (above). The text in the cartoon depicts a father scolding his son, saying:
“How many times have I told you not to watch a film with chicken in it.”