Hayate No is considered supportive of defeated presidential
candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Its closing came the same day that thousands of
Mousavi supporters demonstrated on university campuses in
“It can be no
coincidence that on the day student protesters take to the streets, the
government muzzles yet another reformist newspaper,” said CPJ Deputy Director
Robert Mahoney. “Since the disputed presidential election in June, journalists
have been censored, harassed and imprisoned.
Six months after the elections, Iranian authorities continue to crack down on opposition and independent media. CPJ has documented a number of cases in which authorities have shut down newspapers, blocked Web sites, and arrested journalists. Twenty-three journalists remain in Iranian prisons, according to CPJ research.