Etemad e Melli , which is owned by defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, was banned from newsstands, the daily reported on its Web site. It was not clear how long the ban would be in place. Government agents prevented copies of the paper from leaving the printing press apparently because of an article by Karroubi in which he responded to claims against him in the pro-government media that he had deliberately disseminated disinformation. Karroubi ignited a massive controversy two weeks ago when he wrote that detainees had been raped and tortured while in custody.
This is not the first time Itmad e Milli has been censored since the disputed June 12 presidential elections. The newspaper was prevented from being issued on July 1, and has been forced on occasion to go to print with blank spaces where censored articles would otherwise have appeared.
"This crude form of censorship confirms the intent of the authorities to
silence a prominent political figure who is attempting to publish serious
allegations of government mistreatment of detainees," said CPJ Middle East and
North Africa Program Coordinator
In other news, CPJ confirmed that blogger and women's rights activist Kave
Muzzafari, who had been detained since July 9, was released from Evin prison on
bail on Monday, according to
the Tehran-based Sign for Change Web site. Satyar Emami, a photographer with
the state-run newspaper Jam e Jam who was arrested on July 9, was
released on bail on Sunday, according to CPJ sources. With those two releases,
CPJ research shows that