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The First International Conference on Tourism and Handicrafts will be held from 13-15 of May 2006 in the seminar hall of Iranian National Broadcast in Tehran. This conference has been organized by the United Nations World Tourism Organization and Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization in order to discuss the role of handicrafts in promoting tourism industry which will result in job creation and earning more currency through attracting more tourists.
Iran's bestselling newspaper has launched a competition to find the best cartoon about the Holocaust in retaliation for the publication in many countries of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed. The Iranian daily Hamshahri said the contest was designed to test the boundaries of free speech - the reason given by many Western newspapers for publishing the cartoons of Mohammed.
Iran’s new culture minister has said that he is purging his ministry of officials that he thinks have failed to protect Islamic values. In particular, books have come under attack, as the Minister proposes that previous government literary censors lacked the will to refuse offending texts.
Iran's new culture minister has said that he is purging his ministry of officials that he views as having failed to protect Islamic values.
Iran is one of the countries taking an active part in events foreseen for Paris week of foreign cultures from 26 September to 2 October. The week is organised by the forum of foreign cultural institutes in Paris (FICEP), bringing together some 38 cultural centers and institutes.
With a 167 % raise in its export value of handicrafts, Iran has gained 51,250,000 dollars from the trade during the first four months of the year.