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    Gol Aqa's ideas on the rights of the press

    January 27, 1999
    The Iranian

    Last December, Gol Aqa, Iran's most popular satirical magazine, published what it called a proposal to replace current press laws. The piece was published while several moderate newspapers and magazines had been ordered closed by the press court, new prposals were being considered by conservatives in parliament to put further restrictions on the press, and dissident journalists were being "mysteriously" murdered. Meanwhile, Abdulkarim Soroush, a leading critic of the religious establishment, had written an open letter to President Khatami urging him to take firm action to protect the press.

    You can start reading Gol Aqa's proposed press bill by going to the introudction. But I would recommend going straight to the bill itself (in Persian):

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