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Court lifts ban on Persian daily Hamshahri

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA -- A court here has lifted a temporary ban on the most popular Iranian daily Hamshahri after the plaintiffs revoked their suits.

Hamshahri halted publication last Thursday for 10 days on a charge brought by the secretary of Iran's Labor House, Alireza Mahjoub.

The ban was imposed since the paper had refused to publish Mahjoub's response to 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.

"Further activity of the (Hamshahri) newspaper in line with press regulations is permitted," deputy head of Tehran Justice Department, Ali Asgar Tashakkori, said here Monday.

The ban was lifted after the two plaintiffs, Mahjoub and Mohammad Hamze'i -- members of the Labor House -- retracted their suits following the publication of their response in the daily Iran, the official added.

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

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