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1/8/03

Iran court lifts ban on provincial weekly Name-ye Qazvin

Qazvin, Jan 8, IRNA -- A court in this northwestern Iranian city has lifted a temporary ban on a local weekly which was suspended in November on charges of promoting 'depravity' and discrediting clerics.

Head of the public relations office of Qazvin's Justice Department, Abdollah Qoreyshi, told iRNA on Wednesday that the ban was lifted on the appeal of the editor of Name-ye Qazvin (Letter of Qazvin).

The court has instead the verdict for the payment of 560,000 rials, he added.

Name-ye Qazvin had earlier been slapped with paying three-million-rial (375 US dollars) in cash fine. The weekly had remained closed since August after the Justice Department of Qazvin province found it with printing 'insulting materials and inciting public opinion'.

Its editor Ali Shahrouzi had also been accused of 'encouraging the youth to Western depravity in its articles which contradict moral decency' as well as 'spreading lies and distorting historical facts, spoiling reputation of the country's political and religious figures and undermining state organizations'.

The same court suspended another weekly -- Hadith-e Qazvin -- in August.

Iranian courts have summoned scores of journalists and closed down their publications for 'publishing lies and inciting public opinion'.

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