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TEHRAN, Jan 13 (AFP) - Tehran's press court issued a two-year work ban on Fatemeh Farahmandpour, director of the now-banned reformist Gounagoun weekly, the official IRNA news agency reported Saturday. Farahmandpour, who was informed of the court's verdict Thursday, said as her "biggest" protest that she would refuse to file an appeal.

Press court judge Said Mortazavi imposed a six-month publication ban on her weekly, in addition to giving her a six-month jail term which Farahmandpour was allowed to exchange for the two-year ban, IRNA said.

Gounagoun was closed last July in line with a law passed by the previous conservative-majority parliament barring banned publications from re-appearing under a different name.

The practice had become widespread in the previous year as the conservative courts clamped down on pro-reform publications favourable to President Mohammad Khatami.

The court found Farahmandpour innocent of having insulted officials of the regime, spreading false information and publishing anti-Islamic propaganda, IRNA said.

"I would never have thought that the result of publishing a weekly five times would result in six months prison, or a two-year work-ban," she said.

The conservative-dominated courts have closed more than 25 mostly pro-reform publications since last April. Several leading editors, publishers, and journalists have been imprisoned.

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