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August 28

* Paper publishes banned photo of leading dissident

TEHRAN, Aug 28 (AFP) - An Iranian newspaper close to nationalist circles published a front-page picture on Saturday of a dissident cleric once in line to be Iran 's supreme leader but now forbidden to be mentioned in the press. The Iran Vij paper featured a photo of Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazeri, whose fierce criticisms of the regime have left him under house arrest for the last 10 years ... FULL TEXT

August 25

* Cleric: Rushdie wasn't to be killed

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iran's Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini did not really intend to have Salman Rushdie killed when he condemned the British author to death for blaspheming Islam, a moderate Iranian cleric said ... FULL TEXT

August 23

* Abdi acquitted of slander

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- A prominent Iranian journalist was acquitted Sunday of slander charges, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported. Abbas Abdi, who had been accused of insulting hard-liners opposed to talks with the United States, was acquitted by a court in the holy city of Qom, 50 miles southwest of Tehran, the agency reported ... FULL TEXT

August 12

* Court releases reformist editor on bail

TEHRAN, Aug 12 (Reuters) - Iran's Press Court, which normally hears cases to do with the media in front of a press jury, has released a reformist newspaper editor on bail after 22 days in prison, newspapers said on Thursday. Kazem Shokri, an editor at the popular reformist Sobh-e Emrouz newspaper, was released on 150 million rials ($5 million) bail, they said ... FULL TEXT

August 9

* Reporters sans Frontieres Uncovers Enemies of the Internet

PARIS, FRANCE, 1999 AUG 9 (Newsbytes) -- A new report by Reporters Sans Frontieres (RSF) has named 45 nations the group considers enemies of the Internet for the blocking and filtering or all-out banning the nations impose on Internet access. Of the 45 nations, RSF said 20 can be described as real enemies of the Internet for their actions. They are: the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus (Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan), Belarus, Burma, China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Vietnam ... FULL TEXT

August 5

* Iran's ban on Salam newspaper deals new blow to reformers

TEHRAN, Aug 5 (AFP) - A five-year ban slapped on Iran's popular reformist Salam newspaper, whose initial closure sparked days of bloody riots, has dealt another blow to President Mohammad Khatami's reform agenda ahead of key elections next year. "Goodbye Salam!" was the headline Kar-O-Kargar, a workers' newspaper hich like the rest of the press reported without comment Wednesday's decision by the hardline Special Court for Clergy ... FULL TEXT

* Media group denounces closure of Iranian newspaper

PARIS, Aug 5 (Reuters) - Media watchdog Reporters Sans Frontiers on Thursday denounced the closure of a leading Iranian pro-reform newspaper, saying the move undermined Tehran's pledge to improve human rights. ``The Special Court for Clergy has no competence to judge a press offence,'' RSF said in a letter sent to Iran President Mohammad Khatami ... FULL TEXT

August 4

* Hardline court shuts Salam daily

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Iran's hardline clerical court has banned the country's leading pro-reform newspaper for five years and barred its publisher from press activities, the official IRNA news agency said on Wednesday. It said the court ordered a ban on the daily Salam for printing secret documents, while publisher and managing editor Mohammad Mousavi-Khoeiniha, a powerful leftist cleric, was suspended from journalism for three years ... FULL TEXT

* Mystery murders' out to embarrass Iran -judiciary

TEHRAN, Aug 4 (Reuters) - A series of murders of dissidents in Iran late last year were the work of a small group in the intelligence ministry which sought to destabilise the Islamic republic and embarrass it in the eyes of the world, judiciary officials said on Wednesday. In a statement on months of investigation into the mystery killings of at least four dissidents, the armed forces judicial organisation said the plot was limited to a handful of agents inside the intelligence ministry, including a deputy minister, operating without official sanction or authorisation ... FULL TEXT

* U.S.-funded radio denies detained Iranian journalist worked for it

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - A U.S.-funded radio network denied Tuesday that an Iranian woman arrested in Tehran was employed by the station. Iran 's hard-line Kayhan newspaper reported Tuesday that the detained woman, Camellia Entekhabifard, had worked for Radio Free Europe, a radio station that Iran considers hostile to its establishment ... FULL TEXT

August 3

* Newspaper editor freed on bail

TEHRAN, Aug 3 (AFP) - The editor of the pro-reform Iranian newspaper whose closure sparked days of bloody riots was freed on bail by a hardline religious court on Tuesday, the official IRNA news agency said. Abbas Abdi, summoned on charges his Salam paper had insulted the clergy and the Iranian people, was released on the condition he pay some 200 million rials (65,000 dollars) ... FULL TEXT

* Iran threatens revolutionary court trials for "incitement"

New York, August 3, 1999 (Human Rights Watch) -- "When governments launch campaigns against 'incitement,' freedom of expression is often the first casualty," said Hanny Megally, executive director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division. "The Iranian judiciary has been in the forefront of the campaign to stamp out dissent and Iran's Revolutionary Courts are notorious for their disregard of basic fair trial standards." ... FULL TEXT

* "The Risk Has Increased Substantially"

August 3, (Frankfurt/Main Frankfurter Rundschau) - The forbidden Iranian People's Party advocates democracy and freedom of speech. Its members see themselves subject to mass persecution by the government since the student unrest in Tehran. Frankfurter Rundschau staff member Andrea Claudia Hoffman spoke with Mehran Adib (Brussels), chairman of the European branch of Hesb-e Mellat-e [Iranian People's Party] ... FULL TEXT

    August 2

* Soroush attacked, observers voice concern

August 2, TEHRAN (Tehran Times) -- Observers here voiced concern over the attack on an intellectual, Abdol-Karim Soroush on Thursday in Mashhad, eastern Iran. According to a report, appeared in Persian daily Neshat Soroush was attacked after addressing a meeting of supporters in a private home in Mashhad ... FULL TEXT

    August 1

* Revolutionary Guards threaten further press crackdown

TEHRAN, Aug 1 (AFP) - The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) vowed to take action against newspapers that insult the elite corps amid a mounting crackdown on the nation's moderate press, reports said Sunday. Brigadier General Rahim Safavi said the political turmoil created by last month's bloody riots in Tehran was a bid to weaken the Guards and hinted at even stricter controls on newspapers ... FULL TEXT

* Two more reporters arrested

Teheran (dpa) - Two more Iranian reporters have been arrested, one of them a young woman from a former liberal daily and the other from a radical weekly, the daily Tehran Times reported Sunday. Camellia Entekhabi-Far, a 26-year-old journalist who used to work for the reformist daily Zan (Woman), was arrested late last month after she had returned from the United States, the daily said ... FULL TEXT

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