Iran newspaper condemns censorship

Iran’s Ettelaat newspaper has strongly objected to the state’s ban on publishing the name or images of a former reformist President, Mohammad Khatami.

In an unprecedented move underlying the complexities of Tehran’s internal politics, the managing editor of the state-run newspaper with nearly 90 years’ history, wrote a front-page editorial on Wednesday stating that the ban is against the country’s Constitution, which prohibits censorship.

Letter to Rouhani

The article, published in the form of a public letter addressed to President Hassan Rouhani, is written by the editor Seyed Mahmoud Doaei, a reformist cleric who has urged him to intervene and defend the media against a serious threat to press freedom imposed by the hardline judiciary.

Ettelaat’s article on Wednesday has mentioned Khatami’s full name no less than three times. It emerged earlier this year that a media blackout had been imposed regarding Khatami, who fell foul of establishment over his support for opposition leaders and former presidential candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi. — © Guardian Newspapers Limited, 2015

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