Iran’s hardliner daily faces trial over government complaint
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 7
By Fatih Karimov – Trend:
Iran’s hardliner newspaper Kayhan reported that its editor-in-chief, Hossein Shariatmadari appeared in court to defend the daily against various accusations.
Shariatmadari appeared in court on Nov. 6 to respond to various complaints of government bodies, the newspaper reported.
Kayhan’s editor-in-chief is appointed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Presidential Administration, Supreme National Security Council (SNSC), Welfare Organization, Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Culture, Cultural Heritage, Handcrafts and Tourism Organization are among the entities which have filed complaints against the editor-in-chief of Kayhan.
The newspaper reported that the SNSC has accused the newspaper of disrespect to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Shariatmadari has been the editor-in-chief of Kayhan for over 20 years. The newspaper, which has faced these types of complaints before, views the move by the administration as “a means to apply more pressure on it” and expressed readiness to respond to all accusation in an open court.