Wednesday, January 27, 1999/ Bahman 7, 1377, No. 653
Last December, Gol Aqa, Iran's most popular satirical magazine, published what it called a proposal to replace current press laws. The piece was published while several moderate newspapers and magazines had been ordered closed by the press court, new prposals were being considered by conservatives in parliament to put further restrictions on the press, and dissident journalists were being "mysteriously" murdered. Meanwhile, Abdulkarim Soroush, a leading critic of the religious establishment, had written an open letter to President Khatami urging him to take firm action to protect the press.
You can start reading Gol Aqa's proposed press bill by going to the introudction. But I would recommend going straight to the bill itself (in Persian): ... GO TO FEATURE
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More intelligence agents arrested
TEHRAN, Jan 27 (AFP) - Iran's intelligence ministry said Wednesday it had arrested several of its agents, accusing them of clandestinely distributing political leaflets. "Several agents who were involved in distributing underground letters and counterfeit documents have been arrested and handed over to the judiciary," an unnamed intelligence official said, quoted by the official IRNA news agency ... FULL TEXT
Speaker opposes ``enemy'' U.S. wheat
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's conservative parliament speaker Wednesday opposed any imports of U.S. wheat, saying Tehran should not become dependent on its arch-enemy. But Iran's Foreign Minister referred to the possible imports as a sign that U.S. sanctions against Iran had failed. They were reacting to reports that U.S. officials were considering a sanction waiver allowing $500 million of U.S. farm goods to be exported to Iran ... FULL TEXT
Iran demands U.S. apology over stray missile
TEHRAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Iran on Wednesday demanded an apology and compensation from the United States over a missile which hit an Iranian city this week after apparently going astray during a U.S.-led strike on neighbouring Iraq. ``America must apologise to compensate for the violation of the airspace of the Islamic Republic of Iran,'' said Foreign Minister Kamal Kharrazi, quoted by Tehran radio. ``Iranian public opinion...will not allow such violations of Iran's airspace by foreigners, and Iran's armed forces will surely defend the country against any aggression,'' he added ... FULL TEXT
Iran, U.N. sign accord on fighting drugs
TEHRAN, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Iran and the United Nations have signed an accord on fighting drug smuggling, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported on Tuesday. It said that under the accord -- signed between Iran and the U.N. International Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) in Tehran -- the United Nations will set up an office in Tehran for the first time for the drug campaign programme ... FULL TEXT
Taleban says ready for talks with Iran
KABUL, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taleban movement said on Wednesday it was prepared to hold talks with neighbouring Iran to try to end disputes between the countries ``The foreign ministry of the Islamic Emirate (of Afghanistan) while welcoming any positive step in improving relations with the Islamic Republic of Iran, announces its full readiness for holding talks with Iranian authorities for solving all of the contentious issues,'' a statement from the Taleban's foreign ministry said ... FULL TEXT
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Abedzadeh's troubles not over
Tehran (Iran) - Persepolis coach Ali Parvin has called for help to drop the charges against goalie Ahmad-Reza Abedzadeh. The police in Isfahan are refusing to dismiss charges that he incited the local crowd during a match. ... FULL TEXT IN PERSIAN
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Gol Aqa's "Press Bill"
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