Iran revokes newspaper license for criticizing Ahmadinejad policies Deirdre Jurand at 9:07 AM ET
[JURIST] A division of the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance [official website, in Persian] revoked the license of Iranian daily newspaper Tehran Emrouz [official website, in Persian] Saturday for printing articles that criticized the policies of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile]. The articles [Roozonline.com report] were published on the third anniversary of Ahmadinejad's election and focused on his economic and political strategies. The Tehran public prosecutor accused the newspaper's officials [IRNA report; Press Law Chapter 4 text] of "publishing articles and images insulting to president [sic]," constituting "defamation and publishing false reports to disturb public opinion." Tehran Emrouz's editorial board said in a statement Sunday that the articles unfairly criticized the government and that they were the result of "journalistic adventurism." Reuters has more. Iranian state-run PressTV has additional coverage.
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