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Iran President orders a review of government supervision over journalists

President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday ordered the Ministers of Justice and Information to review the means and ways by which they carry out their judicial and security powers over journalists and the Iranian citizenry as a whole, IRNA reported from Tehran.

The order was issued after he received a letter informing him of the closing down of another newpaper and detention of its editor in chief.

While stressing the supremacy of the law in a democratic republic and the need to maintain order and respect for legal institutions, he said that in the interest of national security and expediency he is likwise responsible for ensuring that citizens are protected in their rights and the people, particularly the thinkers and intellectuals in this country, are guaranteed in their freedom to express their thoughts.

President Khatami expressed regret over the fact that the situation is far from ideal these days, adding that journalists and many other respectable citizens are treated in ways which deserve criticism.

He instructed the two ministers to look into the situation and come up with the appropriate action, and called on the Constitutional Supervisory Board to follow up on particular cases as well.

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