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Iran court lifts ban on provincial weekly Taban-e Qazvin

Qazvin, Jan 25, IRNA -- A court in this northwestern city has lifted ban on Persian weekly Taban-e Qazvin which was closed recently on libel charges.

Judge Fereydoun Parvinian told IRNA here Saturday that the ban was lifted after the managing editor of the weekly, Mohammad Alikhani, signed a letter, pledging to refrain from publishing material which may lead to the suspension of his weekly again.

Earlier this month, the court in Qazvin lifted a temporary ban on another local weekly which was suspended in November on charges of promoting 'depravity' and discrediting clerics.

The weekly had remained closed since August after the Justice Department of Qazvin province found it with printing 'insulting materials and inciting public opinion'.

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

On Wednesday, a court in Tehran banned the Persian daily Hamshahri from publication for 10 days on a charge brought by the secretary of Iran's Labor House, Alireza Mahjoub.

The suspension went into effect Thursday, deputy head of Tehran Justice Department, Ali-Asghar Tashakkori said, adding the ban was imposed since Hamshahri had refused to publish Mahjoub's clarifications about an article published in the paper.

Hamshahri is the most-widely read newspaper in Iran, which is published by Tehran Municipality. The paper has already run into trouble by having been banned by the Iranian Judiciary from distribution outside the capital.

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