Iran shuts down reformist weekly
23 Nov 2010
Iran has closed down a reformist weekly in the latest crackdown on pro-reform publications more than a year after a disputed presidential election, Iran’s student news agency ISNA reported on Monday.
“Based on a decision by the press supervisory board Chelcheragh has been banned for publishing articles contradictory to public morals,” ISNA said.
Chelcheragh, popular among young people for its articles on culture, art, satire and cartoons, had previously received two warnings from the authorities, ISNA said.
When asked by Reuters why the weekly had been shut down, an employee of Chelcheragh who did not give his name said: “We are not in a position to speak”.
Chelcheragh’s closure came two months after Iran banned two newspapers for insulting political and religious figures.
Last month, Iranian authorities said they would close down publications that carry news of the opposition movement.
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