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Iranian media barred from publishing news of opposition leaders

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Iran's Ministry of Culture announced that it will ban publications that carry pictures and announcements from opposition leaders.

IRNA reports that Ehsan Qazizadeh, head of domestic media branch of the ministry, said: "Those publications that insist on publishing announcements and pictures of the leaders of sedition will be banned according to the law.

Following the 2009 presidential election which was challenged with widespread allegations of vote fraud, Islamic Republic authorities refer to challengers of Ahmadinejad's victory as the "leaders of sedition."

Qazizadeh added that in the past year a number of publications across the country have been shut down for "insulting the principles of the system and the clergy as well as the supreme leader."

He maintained that government support would not be extended to media outlets that have not been supportive of the regime in the past year of turmoil.

The Minister of Culture had announced earlier that media subsidies will only be meted out according to the stance of the publications.

Iranian media outlets have received severe blows following the 2009 presidential elections and government crackdown on the opposition. While tens of journalists are behind bars, many more have fled the country in fear of state persecution. In addition, scores of publications and newspapers have been shut down for the smallest hint of support for the reformists.

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