Iran mullah-run judiciary bans two pro-reform newspapers
Jul 17, 2004, 20:38
Iran's mullah-run judiciary on Saturday ordered two pro-reform newspapers to close temporarily. The bans on Jomhuriat and Vaghay-e-Ettefaghieh were to be temporary, but it wasn't clear when exactly they would be allowed to resume publishing. In the past, newspapers generally have not reappeared after temporary bans.
Vaghay-e-Ettefaghieh was ordered closed for publishing propaganda against the state, insulting officials and publishing lies aimed at disturbing public opinion, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency. It did not give details.
Vahid Pourostad, a member of the paper's editorial board, told The Associated Press the ban had taken him by surprise. He said he did not know exactly why his paper was shut down.
Newspaper executives at Jomhuriat could not be reached for comment Saturday night and office phones went unanswered
posted on 07/17/2004 9:03:31 PM PDT
I will be appearing on XTV tomorrow afternoon, (Sunday 4-5PM PST).
We will be joined by telephone with Banafsheh, her husband, as well as Roger Simon, I am told.
We will be speaking about our concern over the "Iran Task Force" scheduled to make its lauch tomorrow as a function of the Council on Foreign Relations.
This meeting will be held in Washington DC, on Monday July 19, 2004, from 08:30 AM till 11:30 AM.
Its stated objective is to secure U.S. diplomatic recognition of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Guest speakers at the meeting are Zbignew Brzezinski, the National Security Advisor to Jimmy Carter, and "Robert M. Gates, the former CIA Director (1991-93) and current President of Texas A&M University.
More than anyone else, these two individuals' lack of comprehension, lucidity and competence in the last two Democratic administrations led to the disastrous policies which gave rise to today's militant Islamism and the war on terror.
If you are a freeper in the Washington DC area we could use your support at the demonstration against this task force.
posted on 07/17/2004 9:05:36 PM PDT
(Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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