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Iran Bans Reformist Newspaper

Iran has banned the reformist newspaper "Ebtekar," the third such publication to be closed by authorities in recent months.

Mohammad Ali Vakili, the newspaper's managing director, told ISNA news agency on April 26 that he received a note from the media court which said a ban has been imposed on the daily for "spreading lies."

ISNA reported that the ban was imposed because of an erroneous headline saying the prison chief was dismissed but, in fact, he had been promoted to another post.

In February, the reformist daily "Aseman" was banned for publishing an article allegedly insulting to Islam.

"Bahar," another reformist newspaper, was closed down in October over an article seen by critics as questioning Shi'ite beliefs.

An ultraconservative daily was also temporarily banned for criticizing President Hassan Rohani.
Based on reporting by ISNA, AFP, and Radio Farda