Mohammad Khatami, former president, denies that he shaked hands with several Italian women.He also added the video film showing him shaking hands with Italian women is fake.This video film was visited by 61000 people on You Tube.The Italian man who has made this film,says the film is real and explains his point of view in Sounds Iranian.
A testament, no doubt, to the unpredictable power of the new digital media technology we now all take for granted.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I’d be interested in hearing about three aspects of the whole issue in some more detail:
One, what was the basic premise of Khatami’s visit to Udine, and how did the video get filmed, then posted?
Two – to anyone who’s been reading the Iranian press – what has been the nature and extent of the reaction to the affair in Iran?
Three – what do people think the political consequences of Khatami’s misstep, and ensuing denial, could be?
I can say that Iranian conservative journals criticized Khatami and reformist journals supported him by “saying he did NOt shake hands with women” and the film is not real… a part of propaganda against Khatami.
I think Khatami lost a lot of his credibility in this affair among Iranian intellectuals.Of course not for shaking hands but for not saying the truth.
Khatami has been seen by many as a fearful man. I think he proved it again.