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Move to put more pressure on journalists and editors in Iran

Source: The International Journalists' Network (IJNet)

In a recent declaration, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AOIJ) condemned recent moves by the courts that interfere with newspapers and reporting in Iran.

Many independent journalists are not permitted to enter public offices, attend certain events, or otherwise cover the news freely, the association said. “Written and oral orders are given to managing editors of journals not to publish certain reports or censor articles,” the declaration said. “All these are direct pressure on the media. Unfortunately, many editors go along with these pressures in order to survive and in order for their papers to be published without delay.”

The government has shut down many newspapers and other media outlets in recent months. Several journalists are still in jail or awaiting trials. The government also blocks many international Web sites and Persian-language Web logs.

Iranian officials have portrayed the legal harassment as a reaction to profanity and a “creeping coup” of those who would destabilize the government. It occurs amid a wider crackdown on “immorality,” including such things as women’s clothing, internet cafes or satellite receivers deemed beyond the government’s Islamic standards.

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