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November 2, 2009

Government shuts down business daily Sarmayeh

Citing “repeated violations of the press law,” the Iranian government’s press advisory board shut down Sarmayeh, one of the country’s leading business dailies, today. According to Reuters, further details were not given.

Sarmayeh editor Saeed Laylaz, an outspoken government critic, was arrested shortly after Iran’s disputed election in June.
In August, authorities shut down Etemad-e Melli newspaper of pro-reform cleric Mehdi Karoubi, who came fourth in the poll. He had angered hardliners with his allegation that some detained opposition supporters were raped, a charge officials deny.

Sarmayeh is known for it’s criticism of the Ahmadinejad Administration’s economic policies.

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