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Tehran Seeks Limits on Foreign Media During Election

Iranians look at newspapers hanging on a news stand in central Tehran, Feb. 25, 2012.
Foreign journalists trying to report on Iran's presidential election in June could soon face even tighter controls.

Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency said Wednesday that the country's culture minister is pushing for additional restrictions.

Mohammad Hosseini did not give any details on the possible measures but said they were needed after an Israeli journalist reported from Tehran for a European news outlet for the 2009 presidential election.

The Iranian government restricted access for visiting journalists following the turmoil and protests that followed the 2009 election.

The Culture Ministry says 200 foreign journalists have applied to cover the June 14 election. It did not say how many of the applications would be approved.

About 120 foreign media outlets maintain offices in Iran.

Some information for this report was provided by AP.

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