Sharvand-e Emrooz

Iranian authorities shut down two pro-reformist publications today by order of the Press Supervisory Board and the Judiciary.

The Sharvand-e Emrooz weekly was shut down for "issues around Article 6" of the law regulating the press. Article 6 deals with libel and insulting government officials and institutions.

The Roozegar daily, on the other hand, was shut down for two months for propaganda against the regime and publishing classified information.

The moves come despite a recent statement to Fars News Agency by the press deputy of the Minister of Guidance, who indicated that the Press Supervisory Board and the Ministry of Guidance do not want any journalists to become unemployed.

Reporters Without Borders criticized the closure of the two publications and once more condemned the Islamic Republic for its oppression of the media and Iranian journalists.