Iran daily closed over Ahmadinejad aide interview

By REUTERS
November 20, 2011 14:08

 
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TEHRAN - Iranian authorities shut down a reformist newspaper on Sunday after it published a scathing attack by an aide to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on the president's rival conservatives, the latest sign of a split in the highest echelons of the Islamic Republic.

Tehran's prosecutor's office ordered the daily Etemad to close for two months for "disseminating lies and insults to officials in the establishment," according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

One of the main reasons for the ban was an interview with Ahmadinejad's media adviser Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Fars quoted Etemad manager Elias Hazrati as saying.

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