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.

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