New pro-reform daily begins publication in Iran
TEHRAN, June 11 (AFP) - A new pro-reform newspaper run by the brother
of Iran's supreme spiritual guide Ali Khameini hit Tehran newsstands Sunday,
more than a month after most reformist publications were shut down by the
"Our newspaper wants to advance the reform movement" led
by President Mohammed Khatami, said Hayat-e-No, or New Life. The newspaper
also said it supported "democracy in Iran in the shape of the constitution
and a society of numerous voices."
Hadi Khameini, a deputy from Tehran, was a member of the radical left
that was in power until 1992. He ran the newspaper Jahan-e-Eslam (World
of Islam), which closed last year amid technical and financial problems.
His brother, Iran's supreme leader, is officially neutral but is considered
closer to the conservatives.
Hayat-e-No, which had launched a major advertising campaign to promote
itself, devoted a full page in its first issue to Iranian culture and film,
including a smiling photograph of Samira Makhalbaf, the 20-year-old director
who won a Cannes jury prize this year for her film "Blackboards."
The new newspaper also announced that Iran's culture ministry has allowed
Akbar Golpaygani, a popular singer under the shah, to return to Iran.
The Iranian judiciary, which is dominated by conservatives, suspended
18 publications, 17 of them close to the reformists, in late April.