Iran

    Iranian authorities banned a reformist daily and a moderate weekly magazine on March 1, news agencies reported, a day after the release of six detained journalists. The Students news agency ISNA said the press supervisory board had decided to ban Etemad newspaper “for repeatedly violating the press law.” The press supervision body also revoked the licence of the weekly magazine “Iran Dokht,” close to defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karoubi, the semi-official Fars news agency said. Several publications have been banned and many journalists detained following the post-presidential election street protests of last year. Moderate websites reported in early February the total number of journalists in detention had risen to at least 55, including the assistant editor-in-chief of Iran Dokht. Media reports said six journalists, including Mohammad Javad Mozafar, who was also a rights activist, were released on bail from Tehran’s Evin prison late Feb. 28. (Reuters)

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