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July 31

Newspaper editor jailed

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Iran's hard-line judiciary has sentenced the editor of a banned reformist newspaper to a four-month jail term and an unspecified cash fine, a newspaper reported Monday. Mohammad Reza Zohdi, director of the Arya daily, was found guilty of a wide range of charges that included ``insulting officials and government organizations'' and ``disturbing public opinion'' with his publication, Iran's official daily paper reported >>> FULL TEXT

July 29

IRNA and Keyhan newspaper end war of attrition

TEHRAN, July 29 (AFP) - Iran's government-run official IRNA news agency and the conservative Kayhan paper, two leading news providers in the Islamic republic, announced the end to an escalating war of words Saturday. The news providers had been caught up in an unprecedented dispute which pitched IRNA, close to reformist President Mohammad Khatami, up against Kayhan, which is close to Iran's spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei >>> FULL TEXT

July 28

Press clampdown paralyses reform course in Iran

July 28, 2000, Teheran (dpa) - Despite overwhelming victories in presidential and parliamentary elections Iranian President Mohammad Khatami seems to have ground to a halt with his reform efforts. The slow-down follows an extensive press crackdown by the conservative opposition >>> FULL TEXT

July 26

Media wage war of attrition

TEHRAN, July 26 (AFP) - An unprecedented war of words between Iran's official news agency IRNA and the conservative daily Kayhan, two of the leading news providers in the Islamic republic, is escalating into a war of attrition. The fight has seen the two news bodies publicly trade insults and accuse each other of being "in the pocket of foreigners" >>> FULL TEXT

PEN expresses sympathy for Shamlou's death

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 26, 2000 -- Dear Colleagues, On behalf of the 2,700 writers who are members of PEN American Center, we wish to express our deepest condolence at the death of our esteemed colleague, Ahmad Shamlou, who passed away on the evening of July 23 in his native Iran >>> FULL TEXT

July 25

Amnesty open letter to members of Iran's Sixth Majles

25 July 2000

The following is the text of an Open Letter from Amnesty International's Secretary General to members of the Sixth Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly)

Your Excellencies,

I am writing to you as Secretary General of Amnesty International on the occasion of your recent election to the Sixth Majles-e Shoura-ye Eslami (Islamic Consultative Assembly). We are greatly encouraged by the public statements made by some of your members expressing their commitment to defend fundamental freedoms, as well as some concrete moves to ease constraints on freedom of expression. We hope that your term of office in the next four years will be memorable for the advancements made in promoting a program of legal and administrative reform enabling all the people of Iran to enjoy to the full their internationally recognised human rights >>> FULL TEXT

Another reformist paper ordered closed by a Tehran court

TEHRAN, July 25 (AFP) - Tehran's public court Tuesday order the closure of the reformist Iranian Gunagoun (variety) weekly, the official IRNA news agency reported. According to IRNA, the court ordered a "temporary closure," charging that the paper represents a re-emergence of the suspended pro-reform Jame-eh, Tous, Neshat and Asre-Azadegan papers >>> FULL TEXT

July 23

IRNA chief summoned to Tehran's press court

TEHRAN, July 23 (AFP) - The head of the Iran's state news agency IRNA appeared at Tehran's press court Sunday following numerous complaints lodged against him in his former capacity as director of the government-run newspaper Iran, IRNA reported. "I was summoned to answer to 24 old complaints and some 30 new complaints lodged against me as the former director of the Iran paper," Ferydoon Verdinejad said after the court hearing, as cited by IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

July 19

IRNA reports threats from fundamentalists

TEHRAN, July 19 (AFP) - Iran's official IRNA news agency said Wednesday it has been flooded over the past two days by threatening anonymous phone calls from Islamic fundamentalist circles. IRNA said the "organized threatening phone calls" came after the agency criticized the conservative Kayhan daily >>> FULL TEXT

July 18

Reformist newspaper boss convicted

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - An Iranian jury Monday found the editor of the banned reformist daily Arya guilty, after only his second appearance before the press court, according to a statement released by Tehran's Palace of Justice. "The jury found Hamid Reza Zohdi guilty of provoking public opinion by publishing false information, defamation and insults, notably of violating the election law in his newspaper," said the statement as quoted by the official news agency IRNA >>> FULL TEXT

Khatami's brother summoned to court

TEHRAN, July 18 (AFP) - Two leading members of Iran's Islamic Participation Front (IIPF), including Iranian President Mohammad Khatami's brother, have been summoned by Tehran's judiciary, the official IRNA news agency reported Tuesday. Mohammad-Reza Khatami, head of the left-wing reformist coalition that dominates parliament, and Mohsen Mirdamadi, head of parliament's national security and foreign policy council, must appear at Tehran's central court on Wednesday, IRNA said >>> FULL TEXT

July 17

Kadivar freed, Baghi jailed

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Reformist cleric Mohsen Kadivar, a leading theoretician of Iran's Islamic modernist movement, has been released from jail after serving an 18-month sentence for political and religious dissent. But Iranian newspapers Monday quoted him as saying his release was temporary and that he expected new charges from the same clerical court that convicted him in 1998 >>> FULL TEXT

Culture minister, Ataollah Mohajerani, publishes new edition of book on Rushdie

TEHRAN, July 17 (AFP) - A new edition has been issued of Culture Minister Ataollah Mohajerani's book on Salman Rushdie's "The Satanic Verses," in which the Iranian official says the British novelist's work is part of a plot against Islam. The 12th run of Mohajerani's book, which has just hit Tehran bookstores, examines Rushdie's book "in the historical context of the battle between the West and Islam." >>> FULL TEXT

July 12

PEN writes to Khatami to protest lawyers' detention

On behalf of the 2,700 writers who are members of PEN American Center, we write again this time to protest the detention of Shirin Ebadi and Mohsen Rahami, two leading pro-reform lawyers. Their imprisonment is another blow to the course of reform underway in Iran and speaks to the precarious situation facing writers and intellectuals >>> FULL TEXT

July 10

Reformist newspaper boss goes on trial in Tehran

TEHRAN July 10 (AFP) - The publisher of the banned reformist daily, Arya, went on trial Monday following complaints filed by Tehran's Chief Justice and Armed Forces Intelligence Unit, the conservative Kayhan daily reported. "Hamid Reza Zohdi is accused of provoking public opinion, publishing malicious lies, insulting the state, eroding the regime of the Islamic Republic and (printing) anti-state propaganda," said the daily >>> FULL TEXT

July 6

Press court summons conservative newspaper chiefs

TEHRAN, July 6 (AFP) - Two conservative daily newspaper directors have been summoned to appear before Tehran's press court, the official IRNA news agency reported Thursday. Hossein Shariatmadari, head of Kayhan, and Morteza Nabavi, director of Resalaat, have been summoned following the publication of articles in connection with taped remarks against some officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran>>> FULL TEXT

July 5

Pro-reform newspaper editors launch hunger-strike to mark student unrest

TEHRAN, July 5 (AFP) - Three jailed reformist Iranian newspaper editors will stage a hunger strike to mark the first anniversary of a violent police assault on a Tehran University, the government-run Iran paper reported Wednesday. "Ezatollah Sahabi, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, and Latif Safari, who are serving a prison sentence following the recent suspension of their papers, have announced that they will perform a political fasting on Friday and Saturday to mark the anniversary of the unrest," the paper said >>> FULL TEXT

July 4

Soroush and Kadivar win human rights grants

(New York) July 4, 2000 -- Human Rights Watch today announced a diverse group of writers from 22 countries to receive grants recognizing their courage in the face of political persecution >>> FULL TEXT

July 2

Prominent reformists denounce Sahgabi's arrest

TEHRAN, July 2 (AFP) - Nearly 300 Iranian political figures and academics have drafted an open letter denouncing the recent arrest of Ezzatollah Sahabi, a leader in Iran's progressive opposition. "We ask for the unconditional release of Mr. Sahabi, a moderate-minded patriot and longstanding fighter and a high official in the provisional government at the start of the revolution," wrote the 276 signers of the letter, which will be published in the press >>> FULL TEXT

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