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Having already prevented correspondents for Germany's ZDF and ARD from filing reports from Iran, authorities there are now blocking BBC Persian Service network reports, according to BBC.

Al-Arabiya, whose reports were frequently rebroadcast by Iranian state television, says on its website that its staffers have been instructed by Iranian authorities to take a week off. Officials reportedly told them to substitute official news reports for their own material.

The restrictions are not limited to foreign media. The pro-Musavi newspaper "Kalam-e Sabz" was closed down on June 14. Later the same night, Culture Ministry officials warned the reform-leaning "Etemad-e Melli" to delete the text of prepared articles regarding Karrubi's second public statement, in which he suggested the vote count was fraudulent and complained about the shuttering of "Kalam-e Sabz."

Instead of replacing the text, and against the wishes of censors who warned that "Etemad" could be shut down, the newspaper reportedly left sections blank.

-- Mazyar Mokfi
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