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posted January 22, 2001 12:19
The Human Rights Watch
January 19, 2001
Human Rights Watch today strongly condemned Iran's closure of Kiyan, a ten-year-old independent journal that specialized in issues of philosophy, religion, and literature. Kiyan's closure was announced by
"This closure is the final nail in the coffin for press freedom in Iran," said Hanny Megally, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch. Many of Iran's leading intellectual and artistic figures contributed to the journal during the decade it published. Kiyan's articles were serious
The summary closure was ordered by Saeed Mortazavi, a judge in Branch 1410 of the Tehran General Court, which deals with press offenses. The order was based on a complaint from Abbasali Alizadeh, the head of the Justice Department in Tehran, in his capacity as general prosecutor. Under Iranian law, only the Press Supervisory Board within the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance can order the closure of newspapers and magazines. The judiciary in this case cited Article 156 (5) of the Constitution, which it
"This expansion of the scope of penal laws to suppress freedom of expression is bad news for ordinary Iranians who want independent sources of information," Megally said, noting that more than thirty newspapers and magazines have been closed in this manner since April 2000.
posted March 19, 2001 11:27
Iran bans four reformist publications
TEHRAN, March 18 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline judiciary has banned four reformist publications in the latest setback to moderate President Mohammad Khatami's reform programme. The official IRNA news agency said the judiciary had issued a statement on
Sunday banning the Doran-e Emrouz daily for "repeated violations of press law."
The statement said the paper's publisher, Hamid Reza Zahedi, faced legal action.
IRNA said earlier that the popular monthly Payam-e Emrouz and two weekly newspapers, Mobin and Jameah Madani, had also been ordered to stop publishing.
The bans bring to more than 35 the number of independent publications closed since supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accused the reformist press of being "bases of the enemy" in a speech last year.
Khamenei, who controls the judiciary, recently promised tough measures against dissidents, accusing them of trying to undermine the Islamic state.
More than a dozen journalists have been imprisoned in the conservative crackdown on Khatami's programme for greater social and political openness.
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