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Parliament's Press Faction to examine closure of two Iranian dailies

Member of the seventh Majlis Press and Journalists Faction, Hossein Noushabadi, said in Tehran on Sunday that in its first session, it will examine the closure of two Persian dailies 'Vaqaye Ettefaqieh' and 'Jomhuriyat', IRNA reported.

He told IRNA that given the impact of the press on the public opinion, judicial authorities should be wary of tackling any violation to avoid closure of the violating publication.

"In the first place, the blunders should be pointed out, unless they are made intentionally, out of spite and against the national interests," he added.

The lawmaker from Varamin insisted that such violations by the press should be tackled in such a way to avoid their closure.

Meanwhile, he called on the editors-in-chief and managing editors of the press to be more careful with their news coverage.

"In the Islamic Republic of Iran, everyone favors the press freedom and independence. On the other hand, the press should also care for the national interests in covering up the news," he added.

The official hoped that the investigation into the closure of the two specified dailies will be expedited to stop further worries facing those involved in the press.

Masjed-Jamei regrets ban on two Persian newspapers

Minister of Culture and the Islamic Guidance Ahmad Masjed-Jamei on Sunday regretted that two Persian dailies -- Vaqay-e Ettefaqieh and Jomhuriat -- have been banned by Tehran public prosecutor.

He told IRNA that the ban disrupted the relatively stable situation the press community had enjoyed in the past two years.

He said that stable situation is a requirement for the press community to develop wisdom, moderation and respect for law.

"The ban on Vaqay-e Ettefaqieh has been enforced, whereas, the paper had never received a warning beforehand from the Press Supervisory Board," Masjed-Jamei said.

He said that the license holder of Vaqay-e Ettefaqieh had introduced another person as managing director of the daily and the Press Supervisory Board was studying the request.

Masjed-Jamei called on the Justice Department to lift the ban on the two dailies.

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