Non-governmental newspapers in Iran under closure threat

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Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 3 /Trend S.Isayev, T. Jafarov/

Twenty three non-governmental newspapers in Iran are under threat of being closed, Mehr reported.

Chief editors of these newspapers wrote a joint open letter for the country's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, noting that the situation has reached crisis level, and urging the president to take necessary measures in this regard.

The letter also said that if the situation does not change, thousands of people, namely journalists will end up being unemployed.

Among the newspapers signed the letter were "Arman", "Aftabe Yazd", "Aferines", "Ebtikar", Etimad", "Jahane-Eqtisad", "Jahane-Sanat", "Donyaye-Eqtisad", Kar and Karger", "Mardomsalari", "Hembestegi".

Excessive inflaion rate, high printing costs, reduction of subsidies allocated by the state were among the factors influencing the deterioration of the economic situation.

Under the Ministry of Culture in Iran, there are 5086 licences issued for country newspapers, yet only 3267 of them are being published daily, weekly or monthly.

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