Iran bans influential weekly magazine

TEHRAN,Iran (AP) -- Iran's official news agency says that authorities banned a prominent weekly for going beyond topics it was supposed to cover.

IRNA's report Thursday quotes deputy culture minister Alireza Malekian as saying that the magazine -- Sharvand-e Emrooz, or Today's Citizen -- was banned because of a "discrepancy" between its content and "declared domain."

Malekian also says the magazine editors ignored earlier warnings on the issue.

The weekly was licensed to cover cultural, social and economic topics and sports. But many of its articles were political.

With a 50,000-strong circulation, it was a welcome tribune for political figures opposed to the ruling hard-liners.

Iran's judiciary, controlled by hard-liners, has shut more than 100 newspapers since 2000.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to webmaster@wvlt-tv.com. Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus

WVLT VOLUNTEER TV

6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 34043319