Iran’s Shahrvand Weekly Magazine Shut Down

Politics Materials 6 November 2008 16:23 (UTC +04:00)

Iran, Tehran, 6 November / Trend corr. A.Namdari/ On 6 November, the Iranian Press Control Committee decided to shut down the weekly magazine Shahrvand, Iran's Fars News agency said. The Committee accused the magazine of disseminating false information about the activity of the Government.

On 5 November, Iran's Supreme Clerical Leader Ali Khamenei said that the Iranian press was conducting "black piar" against the government. "Those who create a tensed political atmosphere by disseminating false and slander information should not hope for Lord's pardon," he said.

Iran's Alef news website said the cause for the shut-down of the Shahrvand magazine was lack of administrative body.

The administration of the magazine has not yet commented on the situation. Earlier, the magazine had been warned by the Press Control Committee for dissemination of groundless reports. Shahrvand is one of Iran's magazines published in large editions.