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Beyond words
Will there be a response to growing attacks against the press?

December 7, 1998
The Iranian

In the last three months, Iran's judiciary has closed down more than a dozen moderate newspapers and magazines. Meanwhile a number of liberal journalists have died under mysterious circumstances or been imprisoned for their critical views.

Abdolkarim Soroush wrote the following letter to President Khatami after the closure of Toos newspaper and the imprisonment of its top editors some two months ago. Although the editors have since been released, Soroush says threats against other moderate newspapers promted him to make the letter public.

Excerpts from the letter were published by some Iranian newspapers last week. Here's the full text (in Persian) :

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