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Iranian Reformists Gather in Support of Banned Newspapers

Source: Radio Farda Newsroom

In a rally at the offices of the union of reformist journalists, 200 gatherd, including lawyers Shirin Ebadi and Mohammad Seifzadeh, and modernist cleric Mohsen Kadivar, criticized judiciary's closing last week of two reformist newspapers.

July 26, 2004 - Reformists held a gathering on Monday in the offices of an organization representing pro-reform journalists. The gathering was attended by 200, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi, lawyer and activist Mohammad Seifzadeh and Islamic modernist cleric Mohsen Kadivar, Tehran-based journalist Ali Pirhosseinlou tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Keyvan Hosseini

This was a protest gathering, which followed the publication of a letter signed by 210 journalists after the judiciary closed the daily Vaqaye-Ettefaqieh for hiring some of the staff of the banned newspaper Yaas-e Now, he says, as he walks out of the building at the end of the meeting.

"The obituaries will soon be the only readable part in the newspapers," Shirin Ebadi said during her speech to the gathering.

Most of the speeches and discussions in the meeting centered on the ban on Vaqaye-Ettefaqieh and the closing of Jomhouriyat, another reformist paper, only after 12 issues, he adds.

The journalists said the judiciary's ruling meant that journalists who have worked in the banned newspapers cannot continue their career, he says. More than 100 newspapers have been closed by court in the past three years.

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