Iran closes leading newspapers

Iranian government bans publications critical of President Ahmadinejad.

    Since the post-election crisis, authorities have targeted newspapers critical of the president [AFP]

    Media crackdown

    Some reports suggest the reason for the closure was a law which bans papers from receiving funds from abroad.

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    The government's closure of media outlets has become common in the past decade, during which time more than 100 independent and liberal newspapers and magazines have been banned.

    A number of media outlets have been closed since Ahmadinejad's rise to power in 2005.

    Several journalists have been detained on allegations of incitement as part of a media crackdown following the unrest that followed this year's elections.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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