Press watchdog bans reformist newspaper

April 20, 2010 - 0:0

TEHRAN — Press Watchdog has announced it has shut down the reformist Bahar(Spring) newspaper for publishing false materials, questioning the results of the June presidential election, and defaming state officials.

According to Note 2 of Article 6 and Article 12 of the Press Law the paper’s license has been revoked and the case was sent to the relevant judicial authorities.
Note 2 of Article 6 of the Press Law reads, propagating obscene and religiously forbidden acts and publishing indecent pictures and issues which violate public decency are considered as limits of the press and if violated the license for that paper would be revoked.
According to Article 12 of the Press Law, the Press Supervisory Board shall examine press violations directly, or, upon the request of the Minister of Islamic Culture and Guidance and, if necessary, it may file written requests for legal proceedings at competent courts.
The Bahar daily was closed down in 2009 but its ban was lifted in January 2010