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Iran shuts down student paper over attack photos

TEHRAN, Oct 21 (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have closed a student publication for carrying photos of a bloody police attack on student dormitories, which sparked widespread unrest in July, a newspaper reported on Thursday.

It was the second recent closure of a student magazine in Iran, where several moderate dailies have been banned this year.

The newspaper Sobh-e Emrouz said a court in Tehran, acting on a complaint by police over the photos, ordered the student magazine Anjoman (Council), to be closed.

It quoted an Islamic student group at a technical university as saying the magazine's publisher and a graphic artist were expected to be put on trial next week on unspecified charges.

Pro-reform student groups have continued to speak out against the attack on the dormitories by police and hardline vigilantes. At least one person was killed and many injured in the raid which took place after a peaceful protest rally.

The attack sparked widespread student demonstrations and some of the worst riots since the 1979 Islamic revolution.

Another student publication, Mowj, was closed recently for publishing a play which allegedly insulted a Shi'ite Moslem saint. Four students and a professor went on trial on Wednesday at a Tehran court in connection with the play.


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