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Pro-Reform Newspaper Etemad Banned In Iran


The Iranian state news agency IRNA reports that Etemad, the country's leading reformist newspaper, has been banned for two months for "spreading lies."

Front page of last Etemad newspaper

No additional details were provided, but the pro-reform "Etemad" daily had recently published an interview with President Mahmud Ahmadinejad's press adviser, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, in which he criticized the conservative opposition to the Iranian president.

Latest Etemad weekly was dedicated to "Expediency Council" and its potential elimination. Expediency Council is headed by Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani who fell out of favor for challenging the Supreme Leader Khamenei after June 2009 elections. Khamenei has also talked about eliminating the post of Presidency.


The rift between Ahmadinejad and various hard-liners has been deepening in recent months, and is a sensitive issue ahead of the upcoming March parliamentary elections.

"Etemad" has been banned several times over the past decade.

compiled from agency reports

Copyright (c) 2011 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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