Ayatollah bans Iran version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’

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Ayatollah bans Iran version of ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire’


Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has been banned in Iran
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? has been banned in Iran

An Iranian version of TV’s ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ has been banned after conservative clerics in the Islamic republic claimed the show “undermined the culture of hard work”.

Nasser Makarem-Shirazi, the Grand Ayatollah, issued a fatwa against the game show ‘Barandeh Bash’, saying it was a form of gambling, which is forbidden under Islamic law.

He said the ruling would cover ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’, which had been shown on state TV, and other shows which offered cash rewards to viewers and participants. Ayatollah Makarem-Shirazi called them a form of “gambling” and “games of chance” and stressed that they were haram (forbidden).

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader, had earlier warned game shows endangered the “culture of hard work and productivity”. The show, hosted by actor Mohammad Reza Golzar, gives contestants the chance to win up to a billion Iranian rials (€23,000).

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