3 July 1996


Director of weekly "Payam-e-Daneshjoue" banned from working at any publication for five years

An Iranian court has banned Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, the director
of the radical weekly "Payam-e-Daneshjoue", from working at any
publication for a period of five years. He was also ordered to
pay a fine of US$ 3,300 for the "publication of lies and for
disturbing the public order." Tabarzadi had initially been
sentenced to one year in prison; however, the court annulled that
sentence in virtue of the fact that he is a veteran of the Iran-
Iraq war.

The judgment handed down against Tabarzadi follows the 20 May
decision by Iran's Media Monitoring Committee to ban "Payam-e-
Daneshjoue" for three months for "repeated infringements of the
press law." The weekly is well-known for its critical reporting
of high-ranking officials in Iran (see IFEX alert dated 21 May

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    against Heshmatollah Tabarzadi is reversed as soon as possible
    and that the weekly be allowed to resume publication

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    President of the Islamic Republic of Iran
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    Minister of Interior
    Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

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