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Iran Bans ‘Love Triangles,’ Half-Naked Men From TV, Fars Reports

Sept. 13 (Bloomberg) -- Iran’s state television has been banned from featuring scenes that show “half-naked” men and “love triangles” that depict complicated love stories and are “provocative,” state-run Fars news reported, citing a TV management directive.

The “unnecessary mingling” of men and women in scenes including weddings, family parties, work situations and celebrations must also be “strictly avoided,” the report said, citing the directive, which was sent by the TV organization’s deputy head to programming directors.

Since the 1979 revolution that toppled the monarchy, women in Iran have been required by the government to cover their hair and bodies in line with Islamic values and men usually avoid wearing shorts in public. The sexes are also separated in buses, mosques and primary schools, as authorities deem mixing to be “immoral.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Ladane Nasseri in Tehran at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at

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