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Iran's best-selling newspaper Hamshahri banned

Report Source: Press TV

Iran's best-selling newspaper, Hamshahri, has been banned for publishing a picture of a temple belonging to the outlawed Bahai sect. The Press Supervisory Board "closed Hamshahri for publishing a picture of the Bahais' temple and encouraging tourists to visit this place on its front page" on Sunday, the ILNA news agency reported on Monday.

The Press Supervisory Board, which is the Iranian government's press watchdog, said publishing the picture was a violation of article 12 of the press law.

The Tehran Municipality has published Hamshahri for nearly two decades.

Deputy Culture Minister Mohammad Ali Ramin confirmed to the media that Hamshahri has been ordered closed.

The terraced gardens and classical-style Bahai World Centre in the Israeli port city of Haifa

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