Tehran prosecutor shuts down Yas-e Now
Tehran's prosecutor general shuts down the pro-Reformist newspaper Yas-e Now (New Jasmine) just four days after it received permission to resume publication, Press TV reported.
"Despite the implementation of a decree issued by Branch 76 of Tehran's penal court on April 11 that authorized the publication of Yas-e Now, it was once again banned on Tuesday by Tehran's prosecutor general," ISNA quoted the paper's lawyer Saleh Nikbakht as saying on Tuesday.
"It was illegal to close the daily," he insisted.
Yas-e Now reappeared on the newsstands on Saturday with the lead headline Debate's Aftershocks.
The daily, which was shut down six years ago on February 18, 2004 when the Iranian Judiciary banned the newspaper, was re-launched last month only to immediately face another ban after an order by Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran's prosecutor general.
Mortazavi has not yet publicly provided reasons as to why the ban has been resumed.
News of the closure comes as Iranian presidential hopefuls are engaged in a heated face-off to add to their votes ahead of the elections scheduled for June 12.
Incumbent Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, war-time prime minister Mir-Hossein Mousavi (1981-1989), two-time parliament (Majlis) speaker Mehdi Karroubi (1989-1992 and 2000-2004) and Expediency Council Secretary Mohsen Rezaei are the candidates who have joined the fray for the Iranian presidency.