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Ahmadinejad Adviser and State News Agency Head Reportedly Jailed

Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the chief of Iran's official IRNA news agency and a top media adviser to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo)
Ali Akbar Javanfekr, the chief of Iran's official IRNA news agency and a top media adviser to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad (file photo)

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A top aide to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad who also heads Iran's official IRNA news agency has reportedly been arrested and jailed.

IRNA reported that Ali Akbar Javanfekr, Ahmadinejad's top media adviser, was detained as the Iranian president was delivering a speech at the annual UN General Assembly in New York.

It said Javanfekr was taken to Tehran's Evin prison to serve a six-month sentence on charges of publishing material offensive to Islamic codes and public morality.

The charges stemmed from an article in a state-run magazine under Javanfekr's control that was critical of Iranian women being compelled to wear Islamic head scarves.

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Based on reporting by Reuters, AFP, and AP

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