The Iranian state committee that monitors the press has banned the well-known economic newspaper "Asia," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.
The Deputy Head of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad
Ali Ramin, said the reasons for closing down "Asia" include "publishing pictures
against public chastity," "promoting wastefulness and extravagance," and
"persistence in carrying out the aforementioned violations."
"Asia" is known to be critical of the Iranian government's economic plans.
Ahmad Alavi, an Iranian lecturer at Stockholm University, told RFE/RL that "Asia" was likely shut down on August 18 for divulging too much information.
He said "the information given by this newspaper would show the inefficiency of [the Iranian] government and, as we know, the inefficiency of the government undermines the legitimacy of the government."
"These types of newspapers give information to private investors so that they can analyze the economic situation and the possible risk of investment," Alavi said. "Considering the present economic situation [in Iran while] giving information about mismanagement, inflation, and stagnation makes the economic situation more and more risky for private investors, and [such information] can damage the economic structure created by the government."
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