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  • From: Nimer <nimerjaber1@xxxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Wed, 11 Mar 2009 14:07:33 -0600

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Subject:        Children's show falls foul of toy monkey calledAhmadinejad
Date:   Wed, 11 Mar 2009 19:44:18 -0000
From:   Ray T. Mahorney <coffee-craver@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Live television is hardly the most convenient setting in which to be
reminded of the age-old proverb that only children and fools speak the

So the father who nicknamed his child's toy monkey after Iran's
president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, must have been mortified to have his
private joke cruelly exposed when the youngster took part in one of the
country's most popular TV phone-ins.

The embarrassing disclosure was made on Amoo Pourang (Uncle Pourang), a
programme watched by millions of Iranian children three times a week on
state TV. It came when the unsuspecting presenter, Dariush Farziayi,
asked the name of the toy animal his young caller had been given as a
reward for good behaviour.

"Well, my father calls him Ahmadinejad," the child replied.

Now the father's discomfort has spread to the programme-makers after the
state broadcaster, IRIB, responded by withdrawing it from viewing

The final episode will be screened next week after a successful
seven-year run.

A conservative website, Jahan News, quoting "reliable sources," said the
decision was prompted by the "high financial and spiritual damage"
inflicted by live broadcasts. Stopping short of identifying the
president by name, it highlighted an incident in which "a child in a
live telephone line compared its doll to one of the well-known
authorities and managers".

The incident is believed to have been the last straw following several
other naive indiscretions by callers, which caused acute embarrassment
and offended Iran's religious conservative mores.

In one instance, Farziayi was left open mouthed and groping for an
appropriate response when, after asking a participant to hand the phone
to his mother or father, he was told: "They are in the shower."

On another occasion, asking which of two twins was kissed first by their
father on his return home from work, he was answered: "My daddy always
kisses mummy first."

It is not the first Iranian broadcast to become a victim of the pitfalls
of live transmissions. In the 1980s, the spiritual leader of the Islamic
revolution, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, pronounced death sentences for
the makers of a radio programme in which a female respondent named a
Japanese soap opera character as her role model, rather than Fatimah,
the Prophet Muhammad's daughter. They were later pardoned.

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