Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Hassan Qashqavi says the US-made anti-Islam movie is in complete violation of international rules and principle of freedom of speech. “The publication of the sacrilegious film about Prophet of Islam (PBUH) stands in stark contrast to international rules and principle of freedom of speech,” Qashqavi said on Saturday. The Iranian diplomat added that according to Article 19 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, everyone has the right to freedom of expression, the exercise of which is conditional on special duties and responsibilities and may be subject to restrictions.
Qashqavi added that Paragraph 2, Article 19 of the Covenant has enumerated respect for the rights or reputations of others as well as protection of national security, public order, or public health or morals as major instances in which freedom of speech can be restricted.The Iranian official stated that the violent protests that followed the release of the film are the natural result of psychological violence caused by the actions of those who insult religious sanctities. The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that the blasphemous movie, called Innocence of Muslims, has been produced by an anti-Islam Israeli-American known called Bacile. The report added that, Bacile, a real estate developer, has assumed responsibility for the film, which he said was made thanks to Zionist donations totaling USD 5 million. The Iranian people also held nationwide rallies after the Friday Prayers on September 14, 2012, to express their outrage over the anti-Islam film and call for the punishment of the agents behind the sacrilegious act. TE/SS/IS