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Report: Iran Lifts Ban On Reformist Weekly

The cover of "Chelcheragh" (undated)
The semi-official Iranian news agency Mehr reports that an Iranian court has lifted a ban on a leading reformist weekly, while keeping at least a dozen more off the streets in a crackdown dating to the disputed 2009 presidential election.

The "Chelcheragh" weekly had been closed in November by the Press Supervisory Board, run by the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry, for publishing articles the board said offended public morals.

Mehr said that the ban was lifted after "Chelcheragh's managing director gave some explanations to the board about one of its articles."

Published on Saturdays, the weekly has been popular among youth for its articles on culture, art, and sports, and its cartoons and satire.

-- Reuters