`Salam' closure illegal, editor says
BBC Worldwide Monitoring
July 22, Hamshahri - At a meeting with the staff of the daily `Salam',
Hojjat ol-Eslam val-Moslemin Musavi-Kho'iniha, the managing-editor of `Salam',
spoke about the closing down of the daily...
He said: I did not think that they would close down `Salam' but, since
the way `Salam'was treated was not in accordance with laws and regulations,
it could not have been foreseen. And, for that reason, the future of `Salam'
cannot be predicted . Even if it had been a confidential document, under
the law, they still would not have had the right to close `Salam' down.
They should have held a trial and heard our defence and then passed ruling
after the jury's verdict. The truth is that, because of their method of
approach, I feel that they had already made up their minds and were just
waiting for an excuse .
He added: In my opinion, that decision was a mistake and harmful to
the interests of the state...
In reply to a question by a `Salam' correspondent as to whether another
newspaper would replace `Salam', Kho'iniha said: Neither another newspaper,
nor a magazine. Only `Salam' should be revived.
Another person in the audience asked: One of the newspapers believes
that the closing down of `Salam' was aimed at banishing you from the political
arena. Is that true? Musavi-Kho'iniha said: I will answer that after the
trial on Sunday [25th July].