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Iran's Economic Daily Sarmayeh Banned

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Another Iranian newspaper was shut down by the order of Iran's ministry of culture. ILNA reports that Sarmayeh (Capital) daily has lost its publishing privileges after "repeated violations" of specific media regulations.

Ministry officials claim that Sarmayeh was working outside its approved category as a specialized publication in the human sciences field with a research and educational approach.

Last month, Culture Minister Mohammad Hoseini described that the banning of newspapers in Iran "nothing out of the ordinary."

In the post-election events at least six publications have been shut down.

Iran has been given some of the lowest grades in terms of freedom of press by Reporters without Borders and "Freedom House" media research organization.

Related Article: Tehran shuts second reformist paper
Financial Times - The Sarmayeh newspaper has extensively covered the news about opposition leaders, including Mir-Hossein Moussavi, and their calls for a continuation of protests following the disputed results of June's presidential election that saw Mahmoud Ahmadi-Nejad re-elected as president.

Sarmayeh has also turned into the mouthpiece for reform-minded economists during the past four years, lashing out at the populist policies of president Ahmadi-Nejad.


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