Probably you knew in Iran there’s a monopoly over media by the state. It was so before the 1979 February revolution as well. The difference is: during the 37-years ruling of Shah (Pahlavi Dynasty) ideology or better to say Islamic Shi’ite fundamentalism wasn’t involved in the program makings. Thus, any kind of music was acceptable. Live shows with lots of singers and dancers were performed, and even cinema was free on aspects regarding civil liberties. The picture is changed rapidly after the so-called ‘Islamic Revolution’. Right now it’s been almost thirty-one years that not only those privileges are lost, but also private sphere of individuals were invaded by different factions of ‘sharia’ police. In my Iranian experience, revolution was one step backwards in the progress towards social development (or progress has been code named ‘modernity’).
I was telling you all these to say the way Iranian state television had broadcasted 2010 South Africa world cup matches was unrealistic. There were no happiness involved audiences, stadium chairs were one by another empty and strange things happened one after another to the final that itself was a mystery of unknown teams in the history of football (soccer) world cup championships.
It’s been one fixed law of media performance in Iran under Mullahs that margins of any kind are not important at all and should not be involved into the main. Regarding these games they were broadcasting live matches up to 5 minutes late in order to be able to censor scenes satellite cameras pointing audiences, those especially with an Anglo-Saxon origin. Whether it was a politician, a VIP, a celebrity or just it was a bunch of cheerful mobs they didn’t show any of ‘em.
This time as well we’ve watched whole world cup with the cameras always pointed on the field. We don’t know was it a happy ending event for the people of the free world?