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Iranian Writer Makes Book Available Online To Fight Censorship

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

Iran's Culture Ministry must approve all books before they're published.

Iranian writer Javad Saeedipour has made one of his books available on his blog for download, apparently because he wasn't able to get a publishing license from Iran's Culture Ministry, which has to approve all books before they are published.

He writes that he's made his book available also on, a social-networking website.

Saeedipour's book, "Hichan," is a collection of short stories.

Javad Saeedipour's book "Hichan"

Saeedipour says that the blog where he has made the book available has been filtered in Iran.

"This book has been made available for free [download]. But for those friends who can and are willing to contribute to the cost of the book, a card number has been [included] in the book," Saeedipour says.

"I've done a lot for this book. Please help so that the book reaches more people."

Read more about book censorship in the Islamic republic here, and here.

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