Iran bans popular youth weekly

TEHRAN — Iran’s hardline national press watchdog on Monday banned a popular youth weekly, Chelcheragh (Chandelier), for publishing “material contrary to public morals,” the ILNA news agency reported.

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Published: Mon 22 Nov 2010, 8:48 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 8:17 AM

“Chelcheragh has been banned for printing material contrary to public morals and since it insisted on breaching media regulations,” the report said, quoting a decision by the watchdog made up of representatives from the judiciary, culture ministry, parliament and newspapers.

ILNA said the case has now been forwarded to the judiciary for further investigation, without elaborating.

Chelcheragh is popular with young people for publishing articles on pop culture, satire, cartoons and interviews with celebrities.

It was among 17 publications which received a collective warning from the press watchdog in March for “not committing to journalistic duties, breaching media regulations, printing superficial materials and propagating materialism.”

Since last year the press watchdog has banned several publications, mostly reformist, for breaching its strict regulations.

The authorities have come down hard on the media and arrested scores of journalists since anti-government protests erupted after President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s disputed re-election in June 2009. Some were released later.

Since Ahmadinejad’s first term, there has been a general media crackdown, mostly in the reformist camp, although some conservative publications have also been banned.

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