Theran (IP) - The Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance said that today the enemy has targeted Iranians' will and capabilities, thus it is upon the media to make hope for the coming days amid foes' attempt to target Iranians' hope and belief.

Iran PressIran news: Iran's Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance made the remarks on Sunday at the closing ceremony of the First National Hope Media Cup in Tehran, noting that the enemies have targeted the belief and hope of the Iranians.

Mohammed Mehdi Esmaili called on the correspondents to pen down reports of fair criticism while trying not to harm the national interest, adding that giving hope to Iranians must be pursued in the news stories.

He said that the enemy’s main plan is to use false publicity, or propaganda, as they call it. The way to overcome propaganda is with clarification, adding clarifying the truth must be done by different people, with different voices, with different interpretations, and using new forms as the Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has said. 

Esmaili added: "Today we have reached self-sufficiency in the paper issue and we produce all kinds of Iranian paper with fine quality."

"Jihad of clarification must be taken seriously, by everyone, in the seminaries, in the universities, and in particular on radio and television, in the printed media, in all the places where you are, all around you." 

The First National Hope Media Cup which started on Saturday at the Comprehensive University of Islamic Revolution in the capital city will wrap up today. 

The national festival served as a platform where reporters and photojournalists covered the speeches delivered by high-ranking officials and experts on various topics within 36 hours in the country. 219

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