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Iranian Media Regulatory Body bans Egyptian TV Series “Al-Hashashin”

The head of Tehran’s audiovisual media regulatory body, Mehdi Saifi confirmed that the Egyptian TV series “Al-Hashashin” (The Assassins) has been banned, citing its “misrepresented” portrayal of Islamic history.

According to the Iranian News Agency “IRNA,” Saifi explained that the reason for banning the series on home streaming applications is due to its “distorted and misrepresented narrative of Islamic history, and it appears to have been produced with a biased political agenda.”

Echoing Saifi’s sentiments, a member of the media censorship body Amid Ali Masoudi, stated, “The series presents a ‘false image of Iranians,’ linking Iranians to the ‘beginning of terrorism.'”

He further elaborated, “The series identifies Iranian cities of Ray, Qom, and Isfahan as sources of terrorism.”

“Promoting various deviant sects is a Zionist policy, and it seems that this series carries an imprint of this policy and seeks to focus on sectarian differences among Muslims,” he said.

Set in the 11th century, “Al-Hashashin” follows Hassan-i Sabbah, the leader of the Hashashin sect known for carrying out assassinations of prominent figures of that era, the RT Arabic website reported.

The series stars Karim Abdel Aziz, Fathi Abdel Wahab, Suzanne Najm El Din, Mirna Nour El Din, Nicolas Mawad, and others.

Written by Abdel Rahim Kamal, it is directed by Peter Mimi.

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