Iran Bans Reformist Newspaper Ham-Mihan

The Iranian Regime shut dowm Ham-Mihan, or Compatriot, newspaper on Tuesday, 42 days after it resumed publishing from the last time the regime shut it down.

Reformist newspaper Ham Mihan staff members listen to their managing director speak in their office in Tehran, Iran on July 3, 3007. Iran banned a recently launched pro-reform newspaper on Tuesday, the publisher said, undermining what some had seen as a fragile revival for publications that have been more critical of the government. Ham Mihan (Compatriot) was published in May, reviving a title closed along with dozens of others in a 2000 crackdown on the pro-reform press. Another pro-reform daily, Sharq (East), which was closed last year, also republished in May. Journalists say they have to tread carefully between a growing number of “red lines” to avoid closure. Some have seen the republication of Sharq and Ham Mihan as a fragile recovery for the liberal-leaning press. Some pro-reform and moderate newspapers, including Sharq, are still publishing. But critics say the authorities have become increasingly intolerant of any dissenting voices such as activists who include pro-reform students, campaigners on women’s issues and labor movement figures. (WPN)

Staff members of the Iranian reformist newspaper Ham Mihan listen to their managing director talk about the paper’s issue contaning a picture of Iranian supreme leader Ali Khamenei in Tehran, Iran on Tuesday July 3, 2007. (WPN)

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