Accessibility links

Breaking News

Iran: Parliament Tightens Screws On Press

Tehran, Iran; 17 April 2000 (RFE/RL) - Iran's outgoing conservative parliament has approved a series of strict measures that further restrict the freedom of the press. Iranian newspapers already require government-approved licenses to publish. The new measures call for licences to be approved by the Intelligence Ministry, the courts, and the police. The parliament also is demanding that the country's press commission be faithful to the Islamic Revolution.

Meanwhile, Deputy Interior Minister Mostafa Tajzadeh is calling on the conservative-led, electoral-screening body to explain why it continues overturning reformist victories from February's parliamentary elections.

The screening body, called the Guardian Council, announced further vote revisions today. It annulled the results from a race in the southern town of Darab where a reformer won, plus results in two other towns. Revisions of the election results have led to some violent protests in Iran.