News Reformist Paper in Iran
A new reformist newspaper has gone on sale in the Iranian capital, Tehran, less than a month after four publications were shut down by the courts, reported BBC.online Monday.
The daily, Nowruz, named after the celebrations to mark the new Persian new year, is run by a pro-reform member of parliament, Mohsen Mirdamadi.
Last month, the courts ordered the closure of four independent periodicals, in move seen by reformists as part of a campaign by their opponents to undermine President Khatami.
On Sunday, the director of the government-run Iran newspaper was allowed to go free on bail Sunday after Tehran's press court charged him with 12 press offences, reported AFP.
Hossein Ziyaie was questioned in court by press court judge Said Mortazavi and was later freed on bail of 200 million rials, or some 25,000 dollars.
He is accused of a dozen violations following complaints from police and the defense ministry over defamation and publishing false information.
Iran is published by the official state IRNA news agency – Albawaba.com
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