first_img March 18, 2021 Find out more A closure order issued by the Tehran public prosecutor on 17 January was confirmed today by the Committee for Press Authorization and Surveillance (an offshoot of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance), which said it was withdrawing the newspaper’s permit for “insulting Islam.”Mardom Emroz had published only 19 issues. As soon as its launch was announced, conservative media, especially those that support the Revolutionary Guards, began pressing for its closure.They included the ultra-conservative daily Kayhan, Supreme Leader Ali Khameini’s mouthpiece, which also called for the arrest of its journalists, including editor Mohammed Ghoochani.According to Ghoochani, he and his staff decided on the “I am Charlie” front-page before Charlie-Hebdo came out with its latest issue with a cartoon of the Prophet Mohammed on the front cover.“This is not the first time that the conservative media, and especially the extremist Kayhan, have ordered a newspaper’s closure and that the judicial authorities and Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance have then carried out the order,” said Reza Moini, the head of the Reporters Without Borders Iran-Afghanistan desk.“The strategy of these hate media compounds the arbitrary behaviour of government officials, who already have many repressive judicial mechanisms at their disposal for silencing independently-minded media.”One of the world’s most repressive countries as regards freedom of information, Iran is ranked 173rd out of 180 countries in the 2014 Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation Help by sharing this information News IranMiddle East – North Africa RSF_en IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 Follow the news on Iran Reporters Without Borders condemns the closure of Mardom Emroz, a new reformist daily newspaper, for publishing a front-page photo of US actor George Clooney beneath a headline that quoted him as saying “I am Charlie.” News After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further News Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists January 19, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Reformist daily closed over “I am Charlie” front page News Receive email alerts February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img