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.

    In depth


     Video: Iran's media battle
     Video: Iran's 'citizen journalists'
     Video: Iran steps up net censorship
     Video: Iranians go online to evade curbs
     What next for Iran?
     The Iranian political system

    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


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Interactive: Take a tour through divided Jerusalem

    Take a tour through East and West Jerusalem to see the difference in quality of life for Israelis and Palestinians.

    Stories from the sex trade

    Stories from the sex trade

    Dutch sex workers, pimps and johns share their stories.

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    Inside the world of India's booming fertility industry

    As the stigma associated with being childless persists, some elderly women in India risk it all to become mothers.