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Iran Newspaper reopens after 156-day suspension

Tehran, Oct 27, IRNA-The Persian-language newspaper `Iran' officially reopened Friday afternoon after a 156-day suspension.

Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Hossein Saffar-Harandi and the ninth government spokesman Gholam-Hossein Elham attended the re-opening ceremony.

The two officials took part in the newspaper's building, visited different parts of the editorial section, and spoke to the editorial staff.

The daily's 3,483rd edition will be on the news stands on Saturday.

Kaveh Eshtehardi is to run the newspaper as its new chief with the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) being its license holder.

Iran Newspaper was suspended on May 23 for publication of a defamatory caricature in its supplement, Iran Jomeh (Friday).

Tehran Public Court's branch 1060 removed the daily's ban verdict on September 27, 2006.

Based on a decree, issued by Saffar-Harandi on September 27, Eshtehardi took the charge of supervising Iran Newspaper and Cultural Institute.

A group of senior officials gave separate speeches at the re-opening session.

Here are excerpts of the addresses:

** Culture Minister, Saffar-Harandi: Iran Newspaper should maintain its impartiality. It should inform the public of hot news on the upcoming elections away of any tension, while maintaining its prestige. Iran Newspaper was born with the aim to focus on social issues, thus, it should rise up again to seriously follow its objective.

** Government spokesman, Gholam-Hossein Elham: Iran Newspaper is hoped to serve masses in the new era of its publication, while striving for dissemination of the culture of rebuilding the country and promoting the 9th government's platform of justice.

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