Iran Court Convicts Editor, Author of Banned Daily - The New Indian Express

Iran Court Convicts Editor, Author of Banned Daily

Published: 25th May 2014 08:14 PM

Last Updated: 25th May 2014 08:14 PM

TEHRAN: An Iranian court convicted today the editor and a contributor of a banned newspaper over a series of charges, including lying about Islam and spreading anti-regime propaganda, reports said.

The media watchdog banned the reformist Bahar daily in October 2013 after it published an article the authorities deemed as an insult to Shiite Islam for questioning one of its

core beliefs.   

Its editor-in-chief, Saeed Pourazizi, who was detained and released on bail following the closure, was today convicted of "propaganda against the establishment and spreading lies and  rumours," ISNA news agency reported.   

The Tehran criminal court found Ali Asghar Gharavi, the article's author, guilty of writing "against the standards of Islam" and "spreading lies and rumours," the agency added. The decision could see Bahar permanently banned, while Pourazizi and Gharavi now have to wait for the court's ruling on their sentences.

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