Iran bans 2 pro-reform newspapers

March 1, 2010 20:32

TEHERAN — The Iranian government has closed down two pro-reform newspapers, publication editors said Monday, continuing a crackdown on opponents of the regime and their media outlets.

Editor Behrouz Behzadi of the Etemaad daily told The Associated Press that his newspaper was banned by the Press Supervisory Board. The order cites article six of the press law without elaborating. That article allows newspapers to be closed for offenses from security violations to insulting articles.

Also, the managing editor of Irandokht weekly, Hossein Karroubi, told the AP that authorities revoked license of the weekly journal on Monday.

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