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Ali Akbar Javanfekr, former IRNA CEO (file photo)

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, former IRNA CEO (file photo)

Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad Hosseini has appointed Majid Omidi Shahraki as the new CEO of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) to succeed a top presidential advisor. In a decree issued on Monday, Hosseini named Omidi Shahraki to take the place of Ali Akbar Javanfekr, a top media aide to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and former CEO of IRNA. Omidi Shahraki has served as director general of the Presidential Office for political and security affairs. Javanfekr was arrested on September 26 after Tehran's Prosecutor General Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei indicted him for publication of misinformation aimed at provoking public opinion against the Iranian officials. He was subsequently charged with the dissemination of lies, spreading rumors and inciting public opinion against judicial and political officials. Omidi Shahraki is the fifth IRNA CEO to be named since Ahmadinejad took office in 2005. SF/SS/MA
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