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Iran Lifts Ban On Reformist Weekly "Chelcheragh"

According to Mehr News Agency, an Iranian court has lifted a ban on the leading reformist weekly Chelcheragh, while keeping at least a dozen more off the streets in a crackdown dating to the disputed 2009 presidential election.

The cover of "Chelcheragh" (undated)

The pressure on Iranian journalists and activists has increased significantly during the past two months.  On Monday November 22nd the reformist periodical Chelcheragh was banned purportedly because of publishing material that was deemed "morally offensive" and because of its "persistent violations" in addition to previous warnings issued by the Press Supervisory Board, run by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry.  According to various free speech advocacy organizations, during the past year and in the aftermath of the controversial presidential election, Iranian journalists have come under unprecedented pressures.

According to a report by Reuters, Mehr said that the ban was lifted after "Chelcheragh's managing director gave some explanations to the board about one of its articles." Published on Saturdays, the weekly has been popular among youth for its articles on culture, art, and sports, and its cartoons and satire.

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