Iran closes down two reformist papers

September 11, 2006 20:40

Iran closed down two opposition newspapers on Monday, one of which had recently poked fun of the country's hard-line president and the way his government has handled nuclear talks with the West. It was a fresh show of determination by Iran's ruling clerical establishment to silence dissent over its handling of nuclear talks with the West and deny reformers a chance to air their views ahead of elections scheduled for Dec. 15.

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