Iran bans newspaper for showing George Clooney wearing 'Je suis Charlie' pin

By REUTERS
January 19, 2015 21:16

DUBAI - Iran's hardline judiciary has banned a reformist newspaper for publishing a picture of Hollywood star George Clooney wearing a "Je suis Charlie" ("I am Charlie") button, Iranian newspapers reported on Monday.

Mardom-e Emrooz (Today's People) had come under criticism after running the image of the US actor at last week's Golden Globes ceremony displaying his support for victims of a deadly attack two weeks ago on the Charlie Hebdo weekly in Paris.

A conservative press watchdog revoked Mardom-e Emrooz's permit only three weeks after it started publishing with a pledge to support President Hassan Rouhani in his political and social liberalization program, the official IRNA news agency said, citing board member Allaeddin Zohurian.


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