Condoms immoral – in Iran
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Iran's Ministry of Culture ordered pharmacies in the Islamic republic to remove "immoral, sexual and crude" advertisements for products such as condoms and erectile dysfunction medicine.
A letter sent earlier this week by a senior ministry official to the Health Ministry warned that pharmacies that will continue to display such ads will be shut down.
Ali Raza Karimi, the advertising department director at Iran's Ministry of Culture, said that pharmacies often feature ads with sexual connotations. Karimi also charged that the way hair and beauty products are being advertized is immoral and illegal.
The Culture Ministry official also slammed what he referred to as the "vulgar" packaging of some of the products in question.
In an interview with Iranian news agency Fars, Karimi warned that the Health Ministry must address the phenomenon or else the matter will be handed over to the police and justice system.
Iran's Culture Ministry is in charge of censoring books, films, music and advertisements, among other things.
A pharmacy manager in Tehran, who chose to remain anonymous, told the Radio Farda website that pharmacies do not display immoral advertisements, but rather, sell products that pertain to sex and intimate hygiene as part of the services they provide.
"We offer products such as contraceptives and medicine to boost the libido," he said. "The ads were produced in order to educate the customers, rather than to be hurtful."
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