Iran shuts down 9 magazines for publishing pictures of 'corrupt' film stars

Iran's Culture Ministry on Sunday announced the closure of nine cinema and lifestyle magazines for publishing pictures and stories about the life of "corrupt" foreign film stars and promoting "superstitions." The Press Supervisory Board, a body controlled by hard-liners, also sent warning notes to 13 other publications and magazines on "observing the provisions of the press law," the ministry said on its Web site. The magazines regularly publish photos of Iranian actresses in loose headscarves and stylish clothes, as well as foreign female film stars without head coverings - but nothing more revealing than what is tolerated on some state media. Mohsen Ahmadi, editor of one of the closed magazines - Sobh-e-Zendegi, or Morning of Life - condemned the order, telling The Associated Press it was "deplorable that a family lifestyle magazine is ordered closed. It means 70 people have lost their job."