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Iranian court bans daily Bahar

Tehran, Jan 11, IRNA -- A court here Saturday ordered the Persian daily Bahar (Spring) to suspend publication because of several charges brought against the paper, including insulting state officials and inciting public opinion.

In a letter to Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Ahmad Masjed-Jamei, Bench 1408 of the Tehran Public Court cited 13 charges of violations against the daily.

"The daily Bahar, despite earlier suspension and conviction on several charges, has been persisting in propagating against the (Islamic) system and publishing lies in order to instigate public opinion," the court said.

"Please require that the daily is prevented from printing and publishing until further notice," it said in a part of message to the culture minister.

Asked by IRNA, the editor of Bahar, Saeed Pour-Azizi, refused to comment on the ban.

Bahar was banned first in August 2000 after the press court said that the paper had failed to take account of previous complaints lodged and had also published 'fabricated stories and blatant lies'.

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