Iran bans pro-reform newspaper
Baku, Azerbaijan, June 20
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
The Iranian independent Ghanoon (Law) newspaper has been banned by a judiciary order.
Tehran’s prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi imposed the ban on the pro-reform newspaper in charges of “spreading lies” based on a complaint by the IRGC, Fars news agency reported June 20.
Meanwhile, Dolatabadi announced last week that Iran’s Prisons Organization sued Ghanoon’s editor-in-chief, Mahnaz Mazaheri, for publishing a feature piece about a major prison facility in Tehran.
He said the Prisons Organization sued Mazaheri for the “false allegations” contained in the article “24 Damned Hours,” published June 11, 2016.
The Ghanoon newspaper was banned for three months in 2014 after it was sued by the Tehran prosecutor because of some reports about the former head of Iranian fuel management committee.
The privately owned, non-governmental Tehran-based Ghanoon newspaper has been published since October 2012 and was launched initially as an online news website in August 2011.