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    Press reformer resigns

    Jan 30, 1999 (BBC) - A senior Iranian official who's been overseeing reforms to extend press freedom has resigned.

    The Deputy Minister for the Press, Ahmad Borghani, had been under attack from conservatives for his liberal views about the freedom of expression.

    He particularly angered the conservatives last year over his opposition to the banning of several liberal newspapers.

    Mr Borghani is also reported to have had differences with his superior, the Minister of Culture,Ataullah Mohajerani.

    Efforts to extend press freedom have been described as one of the cornerstones of the reform programme being implemented under President Mohammad Khatami.


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