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August 21-25, 2000 / Mordad 31-Shahrivar 4, 1379

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* Khatami meets Iran's Jewish leaders
* Tehran's press court summons capital's mayor
* Opposition figure released from detention
* Prominent reformist journalist placed in solitary confinement
* Two women editors in press court
* Conservative papers refuse to reveal circulation figures
* Iran may ban cops from campus
* Iran court split on charges vs Jews
* Majority of Iranian girls wish they were boys

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August 24, 2000

Khatami meets Iran's Jewish leaders

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - President Mohammad Khatami met Iranian-Jewish community leaders Thursday in a bid to ease the anxieties of the Jewish minority in Iran, where 10 Jews were convicted last month of spying for Israel. Khatami met with a group of 40 Jews, including the wife of one of the convicted men. He promised to defend their rights, said Iranian Jewish lawmaker Morris Motamed >>> FULL TEXT


August 23, 2000

Tehran's press court summons capital's mayor

TEHRAN, Aug 23 (AFP) - Tehran's mayor Morteza Aliviri appeared at the capital's press court Wednesday to answer charges facing him in his capacity as the director of the Hamshahri paper, the largest circulation daily in Iran. According to judicial sources, Alviri, "responded to press court judge Said Mortazavi's questions relating to charges made against his paper," which is run by the municipality >>> FULL TEXT


August 22, 2000

Opposition figure released from detention

TEHRAN, Aug 22 (AFP) - Opposition figure Ezatollah Sahabi, who was detained in Tehran after he returned from a controversial conference in Berlin in April, has been released pending trial, state radio said Tuesday. The Iranian judicial system decided the conference was "anti-Islamic," after some participants attacked Iran's Islamic regime for press censorship and political repression >>> FULL TEXT


Prominent reformist journalist placed in solitary confinement

TEHRAN, Aug 22 (AFP) - Reformist journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin jailed in April for "hurting Islam" has been placed in solitary confinement, his wife said cited by the press here Tuesday. "We were informed by other detained friends that Shamsolvaezin has been transfered to an individual prison cell since Sunday, but we do not know why," his wife said cited by the Hayate-No paper >>> FULL TEXT


August 21, 2000

Two women editors in press court

TEHRAN, Aug 21 (AFP) - The editors of two magazines, both of them women, appeared in press court Monday to face charges ranging from defamation to publishing anti-Islamic propaganda. Taraneh Behzadi, head of the scientfic and cultural monthly Danestaniha, which is considered close to the reform movement, has been accused of defamation and publishing false information >>> FULL TEXT


Conservative papers refuse to reveal circulation figures

TEHRAN, Aug 20 (AFP) - At least eight conservative Iranian newspapers have ignored an order by the culture ministry to make public their print runs, the Hamshahri daily reported on Sunday. The order was given in a bid to "make the workings of the press transparent," according to an excerpt of the directive published by Hamshahri >>> FULL TEXT


Iran may ban cops from campus

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iranian lawmakers approved a draft bill Sunday that would ban police from entering universities without permission, a central issue since security forces and Islamic vigilantes stormed a dormitory last year and beat up students. The preliminary version, passed by the reformist-dominated parliament, or Majlis, would require police and other security forces to get approval from the head of the university and the education minister before entering a compound, even in an emergency >>> FULL TEXT


Iran court split on charges vs Jews

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A three-judge appeals court reviewing the jail terms of 10 Iranian Jews convicted of spying for Israel is divided on whether all the charges constituted crimes, a senior judicial official said in comments reported Monday. The main charges on which a lower court convicted the 10 were espionage, cooperating with the Zionist regime and participation in an illegal group >>> FULL TEXT


Majority of Iranian girls wish they were boys

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Fifty-three percent of Iranian girls interviewed in a recent survey said that if they could be born again they would prefer to be boys, a newspaper reported on Sunday. The study was carried out by Manouchehr Mohseni, a professor of sociology, Kar Va Kargar newspaper said. Further details were not reported >>> FULL TEXT


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As of December 31, 1998 (Committee to Protect Journalists) - Since President Muhammad Khatemi took office in August 1997, Iran's press has benefited from his agenda of social and political reforms. Newspapers are now tackling political subjects that would have been unthinkable only a year earlier. But almost as quickly as journalists realized their new freedoms, the press found itself the target of a relentless attacks from hard-line supporters of Iran's spiritual guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei ... FULL TEXT


Missing: Pirouz Davani

A special web page has been created for Pirouz Davani, a political activist who left his home in Tehran on the 25th of August 1998 and has not been heard from since. On the 27th of August foreign radio stations quoted reports that he had been arrested ... GO TO WEB SITE



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