Iranian Journalists Launch Protest in Tehran
July 26, 2004
Voice of America
Scores of Iranian journalists began a protest Monday in Tehran against the government closure of two more reformist publications.
Iran's hard-line judiciary closed two liberal daily newspapers earlier this month, after alleging that they insulted officials, spread lies and endangered national security.
The cleric-controlled judiciary has closed about 100 reformist publications and jailed dozens of journalists in the past four years.
Reformists and human rights activists have denounced the closures and arrests, calling them an attempt by Iran's ruling conservatives to stifle dissent in the Islamic Republic.
Some information for this report provided by Reuters.