Activists Criticize Media Over False Claims Iran Abolished Morality Police

Misleading headlines distract from protest movement and major strikes

  • Western media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, ran a headline claiming that Iran was abolishing its “morality police,” based upon an interpretation of a comment by an Iranian official.
  • Iran’s morality police enforce the mandatory headscarf law and other strict measures that disproportionally impact women.
  • State media has denied the abolition of the morality police.
  • Iranian protesters and supporters of the demonstrations abroad fear that the misleading headlines create a false impression that the Iranian government is making sincere concessions to protestors.
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