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Iran judiciary bans reformist journal - radio
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posted January 18, 2001 09:22
TEHRAN, Jan 17 (Reuters) - Iran's judiciary, dominated by hardliners, on Wednesday closed down a magazine that helped launch the contemporary reform movement, state radio said. The monthly Kian, which is overtly intellectual and philosophical in outlook and has a limited circulation, was banned for "publishing lies in order to incite public opinion" and "insulting religious sanctities," the radio said.
Abdolkarim Soroush, a leading reformist philosopher vilified by establishment hardliners for his liberal views, was a regular contributor to the magazine.
The Kian circle was instrumental in developing the idea of a civil society within a religious state -- a concept President Mohammad Khatami later championed in his 1997 election campaign.
Editorial staff at the magazine told Reuters they had only heard of the ban through the radio and had not received any judicial order from the press courts.
More than 30 publications have been shut down in the latest judicial crackdown against Iran's independent press.
The crackdown began last April after supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused reformist publications of being "bases of the enemy".
Many reformist journalists received prison sentences and at least two are still in jail without trial
All times are PT (US)
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