Iran is to boycott the 2013 Oscars in protest at the anti-Islam video made in the USA which attacks the Prophet Muhammad.
Iranian culture minister Mohammed Hosseini said the Islamic Republic would not field an entry for the awards due to the low-budget video he dubbed “an intolerable insult to the Prophet of Islam,” the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.
The move comes after the Iranian film - director Asghar Farhadi's A Separation - won the 2012 Oscar for best foreign film.
Hosseini confirmed the boycott despite the committee in charge of selecting Iran’s entry already picking Ye Habbeh Ghand (A Cube of Sugar) - a film about a family wedding turning into a funeral when the groom’s relative dies - to compete for best foreign film.
At least 51 people, including the U.S. ambassador to Libya, have been killed in violence linked to protests over the film Innocence of Muslims, which also has renewed debate over freedom of expression in the U.S. and in Europe.