Iran’s spy TV show ignites controversy in the second season

Dubai, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Controversial Iranian television spy thriller is once again a hot topic in Islamic republic, with anger from government officials and viewers over allegations of censorship at the finale of the second season Has been complained about.

A fictional series entitled “Gand”, in the style of James Bond or Jason Bourne, records the abuse of agents of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps.

The show’s hardliners and other fans have accused the government of prematurely removing the second season from the broadcast, a semi-official ISNA news agency reported. When the uncut scene surfaced on Sunday on the Iranian version of YouTube,, speculation about the possibility of government censorship was swirling on social media. The clip showed that the episode aired last week changed the dialogue to replace the “president” reference with “official.”

First season Grabbed the headline It depicts Iran’s intelligence fighting an American Super Spy, very similar to Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian. Prior to being released in a prisoner exchange in 2016, Rezian spent 18 months in an Iranian prison on charges of espionage denied by him and US officials.

The show, which evaluates Iran’s hardliners and describes Iran’s Foreign Ministry as incompetent, has long caused astonishment among the relatively modest people of the government. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif opposed the second season on the popular audio chat app Clubhouse last week, saying he “lied from start to finish.” When the first season aired in the summer of 2019, Zarif sent a formal protest letter to the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The second season of 13 episodes, aired during Iran’s 13-day Knowles vacation, is the West trying to break into the Iranian government and gather confidential information about nuclear negotiations in a U.S. economic pressure campaign. Attacks Iranian intelligence against spies.

In the spirit of the show’s heroic video game fantasy inspired by real-life events, a character similar to the prominent asylum journalist Ruholla Zam, who was kidnapped in Iraq and executed in Iran last December, will be in the second season. Make a cameo. One of Shaw’s dangerous diplomats is believed to be modeled after two members of Zarif, who are discussing Iran’s nuclear program with the United States.

For two seasons, Tehran-based political analyst Majid Eunesian said Gand “reversed reality, making a difference in the control system and exposing the cracks in its founding.”

The specific scenes in the last two episodes seemed to be roughly edited, and the finale strangely ended abruptly, fueling criticism of the possibility of government interference with the series.

Hesamedin Ashena, an adviser to President Hassan Rouhani, has promised that the government has not interrupted the show or asked for cancellation.

The allegations arose when the administrations of Iran and US President Joe Biden announced their nations. Start indirect negotiations In Vienna this week, we talked about how to restore Iran’s tattered 2015 nuclear program in a world power. Former President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal almost three years ago and imposed unprecedented sanctions on Iran.

Iran’s hard-line newspaper Vatan-e Emrooz published a front page article on Sunday criticizing Iran’s diplomats for agreeing to negotiate with the United States on Iran’s nuclear program.

The big and bold banner was the headline: “Is Gand Season 3 in Vienna?”


Associated Press writer Amir Vahdat in Tehran, Iran contributed to this report.