Iran General NewsIran shuts down opposition newspaper

Iran shuts down opposition newspaper


Iran Focus

Tehran, 21 Jun – Iranian police shut down opposition newspaper, the Ghanoon, after it criticized the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

This news was announced on Monday via a statement on the newspaper’s website which said it had been shut down following complaints by the IRGC’s Department of Intelligence.

The paper was accused of “libel and publishing falsehoods to create public anxiety” but the specific reports that upset the IRGC are not mentioned.

Ghanoon was previously temporarily closed in 2014 over a report about corruption charges against a former IRGC member who had been released on bail.

The paper was also attacked in January, for criticising the way that the IRGC arrested American personally in Iranian waters.

The article said that the arrests, which were aired on Iran’s state television, were evocative of Islamic State beheading videos. The footage showed 10 U.S Navy sailors kneeling with their hands behind their heads

The IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari said the article was a big mistake and that the Ghanoon “must repent for what it had said”.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani promised social and political freedom when he came to office but many Iran watchers say he has not delivered.

Latest news

Ebrahim Raisi’s Lies About Iran’s Economy

In a recent TV interview, Iranian regime president Ebrahim Raisi presented economic statistics rejected by experts and the media...

To Stay in Power, Iran’s Regime Liquidates National Assets

For several decades, Iranian regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei has sold Iran's resources and wealth for the survival of...

Iran’s 2023 Budget Shrouded In Doubt

On January 22, the Majlis (parliament) approved the draft of the 2023 budget bill proposed by regime president Ebrahim...

Iran: People of Khoy Still Reeling From 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing at least three people and injuring...

Iran’s Unsolvable Air Pollution Problem

Air pollution will remain at dangerous levels and will increase for the next few days in most big cities,...

The World Must Acknowledge the Iranian People’s Right to Self-defense

Victor Hugo once said: “When dictatorship is a fact, revolution becomes a right.” Throughout history, this has been the...

Must read

APNewsBreak: Diplomats say Iran invites nuke aides

AP: Iran has reinstated an offer for U.N. nuclear...

Italy FM delays Iran visit over anti-Israel comments

AFP: Italy Foreign Minister Franco Frattini has delayed a...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you