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One Iranian daily banned, another stops publication after editor summoned to court

Following a complaint by the public prosecutor and with an order issued by the judge of the third branch of the court dealing with offenses of government employees and the media the Persian daily 'Vaqa-ye Etefaqiyeh" was temporarily banned on Saturday, IRNA reported from Tehran.

In a dispatch faxed from Tehran Revolutionary Court and Public Prosecutor Office to IRNA, it has been said that the paper has been banned because of violating part of the article 33 of the press law, propaganda against the state, insulting the officials and publishing lies intending to cause anxiety among public.

According to the dispatch, the managing editor of the banned paper Mostafa Khanzadi admitted in the court that he ceded the paper to the group of the banned daily " Yas-e-No". Replacing a banned daily is against the press law.

"Jomhouriat" daily stops publication

The Persian Daily Jomhouriat 'Republic' which its first edition hit the stands on July 4, will cease publication beginning Sunday, reported the daily's Public Relations Department.

The decision not to publish for several weeks was taken after the summoning of the managing editor of the daily Javad Khorami-Moqaddam to the public and revolution courts.

"The daily will resume publishing after all the snags are removed," the daily added.

The newspaper refrained from releasing more details on the decision to stop publishing.

The daily was published in 16 color pages and mainly covered social issues.

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