Iran cracks down on Barbie dolls
Azerbaijan, Baku, Sept. 8 /Trend D.Khatinoglu/
Head of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Gudance in Iran's Lorestan Province Ali Esmailian said that import of Barbie dolls in Iran is forbidden because they contradict Islamic values and Iranian culture, ISNA reported today.
Esmailian said that all Barbie dolls are being seized.
He did not explain what Barbie dolls do with Islamic values or Iranian culture exactly, but argued that launching a campaign against Barbie dolls is aimed to prevent foreign influence tricks in Iran.
Iranian conservative government fights against any sign of what they call "western values and cultural invasion".
Iranian Police closed dozens of shops which were selling Barbie dolls in January 2012.
Barbie is a fashion doll manufactured by the American toy-company Mattel, Inc. and launched in March 1959.
There are also some computer Barbie games for children. Esmailian said that these games should be prevented and the sellers of these kinds of games would be punished.