Several of Iran’s leading publishing houses have been accused of attempting to overthrow the Islamic establishment, suggesting that the government might be expanding the reach of its effort to counter the “soft war” it alleges is being waged against the Islamic republic. Some of Iran’s top writers and literary figures, including poet Simin Behbahani, Mahmud Dolatabadi, Javad Mojabi, cleric Mohsen Kadivar, and exiled satirist Ebrahim Nabavi were also listed in connection with their working relationships with the accused publishers.
Well-known Iranian-Canadian philosopher Ramin Jahanbegloo, who’s also been named by the group, says the Iranian regime is trying to smear the publishers.
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