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The opposition website "Rahesabz" has posted a picture of the staff of the reformist "Etemad" daily flashing the "V" sign following the closure of the newspaper on March 1. “Etemad” has been accused of breaching the country’s media laws.

The majority of Iran's leading reformist publications have been banned in Iran in recent years. At least five reformist publications have been shut down since last year’s disputed presidential vote. Also, on March 1, the weekly magazine “Irandokht,” which was run by the wife of opposition leader Mehdi Karrubi, was also ordered closed by the Press Supervisory Board.

Karrubi’s son, Hossein Karrubi, who was the editor in chief of "Irandokht," has said that deputy culture minister for media affairs, Mohammad Ali Ramin, had told his mother several days ago that the weekly will be closed while linking it to Karrubi’s postelection position.

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