Iran: Supreme Leader Cracks Down on Newspaper

Supreme Leader Cracks Down on Newspaper

This week's visit of President MOHAMMED KHATAMI to the U.N. in New York City should provide another example of how the moderate former philosophy professor is trying to open Iran to the world. Too bad he is not having more success opening Iran to itself. Last week Khatami's conservative opponents in the judiciary shut down Tous, the most remarkable newspaper to appear in Iran since the 1979 Islamic revolution. Regarded as the most tangible result of Khatami's pledge of greater freedom, the seven-month-old daily attracted a readership of 300,000 but infuriated hard-liners with stories on previously taboo topics, including political dissent,...

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