An Iranian hard-line weekly that has been one of the most vocal critics of the new administration has been suspended.
The weekly 9 Dey, whose editor is hard-line member of parliament Hamid Rasaei, has received a total of six warnings from the Press Supervisory Board in the last year for violating a number of media laws. The board operates under President Hassan Rouhani’s Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance, which is currently headed by Ali Jannati.
Rasaei has responded to the suspension with a series of attacks against the Rouhani administration. On his personal website he published a letter from the secretary of the Press Supervisory Board to the prosecutor in which the stated reasons for the suspension is claims by 9 Dey that Iran’s nuclear scientists have been fired since the Geneva nuclear deal in November 2013. Ali Akbar Salehi, the head of Iran’s Atomic Energy Organization, has adamantly denied that any scientists have been fired. Continue reading