On February 2015, the Iranian judiciary ordered to Iranian media to do not mention the name of former President Mohammad Khatami or publish his picture. While announcing the censorship against Khatami, the judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni-Eje’i did not name Khatami by name, instead referring to him as “the leader of the reformist government. Immediately after the announcing of Gholamhossein Mohseni-Eje’i, Iranians have taken to social media sites Facebook and Twitter, both of which are blocked in Iran, to protest the ban. A campaign using the hashtag, “We will be Khatami’s media,” was launched.
Recently, in a press conference, President Rouhani denied that the Iranian national security has imposed a ban against Khatami (video below in Farsi). Few hours after the President’s Conference, judiciary spokesperson Gholamhossein Mohseni-Eje’i repeated that the decision against Khatami was part of the laws against “leaders of sedition”, set out by the Supreme National Security Council and the judiciary. He added that the ban against Khatami was decided directly by Prosecutor General.
It seems that, in his press conference, Hassan Rouhani prevented the entrance of the journalists of Fars News, Tasnim News and Kahyan Daily considered all to close to Pasdaran and Khamenei.