Anti-Islam film prompts boycott

The Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s culture minister said Monday that his country will boycott the 2013 Oscars in the wake of the anti-Islam video made in the United States that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.

An Iranian film won an Oscar in February, but Mohammed Hosseini said the Islamic Republic would not field an entry for next year’s awards due to the video he dubbed “an intolerable insult to the Prophet of Islam,” the semiofficial ISNA news agency reported. Hosseini urged other Islamic countries to also boycott and confirmed that the committee in charge of selecting Iran’s entry has already picked “Ye Habbeh Ghand,”  to compete for best foreign film.