IRNA new chief officially takes office

Tehran, Jan 1, IRNA – New Managing-Director of the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) Zia Hashemi began his work officially on Monday after attending a ceremony held in the presence of Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Abbas Salehi and IRNA former chief Mohammad Khodadi.

After the meeting which was held at IRNA headquarters in Tehran, Hashemi, 50, began his work by touring different parts of IRNA to become closely familiar with its staff and the procedure of works at Iran's official news agency.

He is an associate-professor of sociology at the University of Tehran and has so far served as the caretaker of Ministry of Science, Research and Technology. He was also one of the founding members of the Iranian Students News Agency (ISNA) and a member of the board of directors of the Shia News Association.

Hashemi replaced Mohammad Khoddadi who resigned last week. Khoddadi was appointed as IRNA chief on September 16, 2013 by former Culture Minister Ali Jannati.

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