The Jaras website, which calls itself a media source for Iran’s Green Movement, has announced that after six years of journalistic activities, it has decided to close down the website.
Jaras began operation in July of 2009 outside of Iran. In a statement, the website reports that its aim had been to continue operating the news and analysis website until the house arrest of the Green Movement leaders in Iran was ended. It adds, however, that “religious despotism has shown greater endurance”.
The website was on the verge of closure in November of 2011 due to financial problems, but a fundraising appeal to the people carried it through the crisis.
In the statement released on March 21, however, there is no mention of the reason for the closure of Jaras.
Mohsen Kadivar, Hassan Yousefi Eshkevari, Ali Mazroui, Mohrteza Kazemian, Abdolreza Tajik and Abdolali Bazargan were among the chief writers for this website.
In its statement, Jaras indicates that its archive will remain accessible to readers.