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The women's magazine was banned before it started printing (file photo) (AFP) 2 January 2006 -- The Iranian government today ordered the temporary closure of a daily newspaper and banned a planned women's publication.


The Culture Ministry said the cases of the two publications -- "Asia" and "Nour-e Banovan" -- were sent to court.


No reason was given for the move.


But Reuters quotes a journalist at "Asia" as saying the paper had been given a warning for printing photographs of women considered to have been improperly dressed.


"Nour-e Banovan" has not yet been published yet.


(Reuters/AFP)

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