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Iran Bans Magazine Of Karrubi's Son


Hossein Karrubi said a deputy minister said opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi (pictured) "should have been executed a long time ago."

Hossein Karrubi said a deputy minister said opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi (pictured) "should have been executed a long time ago."

Iran's Press Supervisory Board has revoked the license of the weekly magazine "Irandokht," RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

The magazine's managing editor, Hossein Karrubi, is the son of former opposition presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi.

Hossein Karrubi told RFE/RL on March 1 that he was warned four or five months ago about publishing pictures of actresses on the magazine's covers, after which he stopped doing so.

Karrubi said Mohammad Ali Ramin, the deputy culture minister with responsibility for the media, did not give any reason for revoking the license.

But he said Ramin did make "impolite" comments about Mehdi Karrubi's "radical" stance, for which Ramin said the opposition leader "should have been executed a long time ago."

Mehdi Karrubi has been one of the leaders of the opposition Green Movement, which insists the June presidential election was fixed so that incumbent Mahmud Ahmadinejad would win.

In August, Iranian authorities banned the newspaper "Etemad-e Melli," which belonged to Mehdi Karrubi.
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