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September 27

Fallahian to be questioned over serial killings

TEHRAN, Sept 27 (AFP) - The head of Iranian intelligence during the 1998 murders of several dissidents and intellectuals has been asked to appear before parliament about the case, the state news agency IRNA said Wednesday. Ali Fallahian has been invited to "discuss" the killings, which authorities blamed on "rogue" intelligence agents, before parliament's national security committee, it said >>> FULL TEXT

September 26

Press court convicts two press chiefs, clears two

TEHRAN, Sept 26 (AFP) - Tehran's press court cleared two newspaper directors and found two others guilty on a variety of charges, the official IRNA news agency said Tuesday. The sentences for those found guilty had yet to be announced following the hearings for the four on Monday, it said, adding that the jury had recommended leniency in both cases >>> FULL TEXT

September 25

Wife of Iran journalist says she was blocked from prison visit: report

TEHRAN, Sept 25 (AFP) - The wife of a leading pro-reform journalist imprisoned in Iran said she was blocked from visiting her husband for the first time since his arrest five months ago, according to a report Sunday. The wife of Akbar Ganji, who was arrested in April, told the student news agency ISNA that she and his mother were supposed to have been allowed to visit him on Saturday >>> FULL TEXT

September 24

Paper publishes appeal from child of imprisoned journalist

TEHRAN, Sept 24 (AFP) - Calls to release Iran's imprisoned journalists took an emotional turn Sunday when a paper published an open letter to President Mohammad Khatami from the young child of one of its writers. Eight-year-old Puya Zeid-Abadi, whose letter was published along with his photo in the Hamshahri newspaper, said he did not understand why his father Ahmad Zeid-Abadi was not at home any more >>> FULL TEXT

September 19

Pro-reform journalist, lawyer released from prison

TEHRAN, Sept 19 (AFP) - A pro-reform journalist and a lawyer who has defended the embattled reformist press were both released from prison on Tuesday, a defence attorney told AFP. Journalist Mohammad Qouchani and lawyer Mohammad-Ali Jedari-Forouqi, both jailed last month in separate cases, were freed from Tehran's Evin prison, said Forouqi's lawyer, Nemat Ahmadi >>> FULL TEXT

September 16

Pro-reform journalist expecting shorter prison term

TEHRAN, Sept 16 (AFP) - Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, who has been granted a week's leave from prison, said in Saturday's press that his solitary confinement could cut time off his 30-month sentence. Shamsolvaezin, imprisoned in April for offending Islam after articles in his now banned newspaper questioned Iran's Islamic eye-for-an-eye law of retribution, told the Aftab-e Yazd paper he expected the jail term to be shortened >>> FULL TEXT

September 14

Iran closes notorious Tohid prison after protests

TEHRAN, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Iran's notorious Tohid prison, run by the intelligence ministry, has been closed down, newspapers on Thursday quoted a reformist parliamentarian as saying. ``The intelligence minister ordered the closure of the (prison)...and nobody was held there when our delegation visited,'' the daily Aftab-e Yazd quoted Ali Akbar Mousavi-Khoeini as saying. Other newspapers carried similar reports >>> FULL TEXT

September 13

Journalist missing for two years

13 September 2000, Paris (Reporters sans frontières) - In a letter to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, RSF expressed its deep concern about journalist Pirouz Davani, who disappeared at the end of August 1998. The organisation, which asked at that time for an inquiry into this case, "wishes to be informed today about the progress of this inquiry". "The case of this journalist is extremely worrying especially in a country with twelve journalists in jail", added Robert Ménard, RSF's secretary-general >>> FULL TEXT

Detained dissident in Iran suffering from diabetes

Sept. 13, Teheran (dpa) - Hassan Yussefi-Ashkevari, a detained dissident in Iran , is suffering from diabetes and should be released from jail for medical reasons, the students news agency ISNA reported Wednesday. In a letter to the judiciary, the dissident's wife, Mohtaram Yussefi-Ashkevari, said her husband has had several attacks in prison during the night which temporarily even led to partial paralysis. She warned of dire consequences if he remained in prison without medical care, ISNA said >>> FULL TEXT

September 10

Khamenei's brother summoned to court

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - The younger brother of Iran's supreme leader has been summoned to court on charges related to the reformist newspaper he launched in June, his aide said Monday. The summons order for Hadi Khamenei was the third issued by the Special Clergy Court since the Hayat-e-Nou newspaper debuted, the aide, Abbas Safaifar, told The Associated Press. He did not say when the order was issued or provide details of the charges >>> FULL TEXT

September 9

New reformist daily hits newsstands

TEHRAN, Sept 9 (AFP) - A new reformist daily, close to Iran's moderate President Mohammad Khatami, hit the country's newsstands Saturday following the judiciary's recent massive crackdown on the pro-reform press. The Aftab-e-Yazd paper, founded by Mansour Mozafari, was previously only published and sold in the central province of Yazd, the birth place of Khatami >>> FULL TEXT

September 5

Iran daily retracts report parliament speaker to launch new newspaper

TEHRAN, Sept 5 (AFP) - Iran's government-run daily retracted Tuesday a report that parliament speaker Mehdi Karubi plans to launch a new reformist newspaper in the coming days. The paper Iran said someone else was the founder of Aftab-e-Yazd, adding that it would have no political affiliation >>> FULL TEXT

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