Two dailies suspended in new attack on reformist press

first_img News News March 18, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News June 9, 2021 Find out more July 19, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two dailies suspended in new attack on reformist press It said the shutdown of the dailies was an example of the Òdeplorable blackmail used by IranÕs so-called system of justiceÓ and Òthe determination of the regimeÕs hardliners to silence any source of independent information, especially during the sham trial of the alleged killer of Canadian-Iranian journalist Zahra Kazemi.Ó Vaghayeh ettefaghieh was suspended indefinitely on 17 July for Òanti-regime propaganda,Ó publishing Òfalse newsÓ and Òinsulting the Supreme Guide.Ó The paper, largely staffed by journalists from the reformist daily Yas-e no, which was suspended on 18 February on the eve of parliamentary elections, has sharply criticised the hardliners and the new parliament dominated by their supporters. Jomhouriat, a new paper which has only published 12 issues, was suspended on 18 July for the same reasons, a few days after publisher Javad Khorami Moaghadam had been summoned by the hardline Teheran prosecutor, Said Mortazavi, who demanded in vain that he sack the paperÕs editor, Emadoldin Baghi. Baghi, who the authorities frequently summon in an effort to silence him, was given a yearÕs suspended prison sentence on 4 December last year by the Teheran revolutionary court, which cited no reason for the punishment. He was sentenced to three years in prison on 23 October 2000 for Òundermining national securityÓ and Òputting out false news.Ó Since his release on 6 February 2003, he has been an active human rights campaigner, attacking in the reformist press freedom of expression violations and setting up an organisation to defend political prisoners. On 15 July, Jomhouriat had begun publishing the general introduction of the latest Reporters Without Borders annual report.The monthly Aftab was suspended on 11 July for Òinsulting the Supreme GuideÓ and putting out Òfalse news.Ó It has been published since 2000 by a group of writers and intellectuals and editor Issa Sahakhiz, was arrested in 2003 for Òpropaganda against the regime.Ó Organisation Follow the news on Iran RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further Receive email alerts IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today strongly condemned as ÒunacceptableÓ the Iranian regimeÕs suspension of two leading reformist daily newspapers Ð Vaghayeh Ettefaghieh and Jomhouriat Ð as well as the monthly Aftab and said the moves appeared to herald a new wave of repression. It called for the suspensions to be lifted at once. News February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more