Iran Reformist Paper Shut Down _ Again

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran’s leading reformist daily newspaper was ordered closed Tuesday, less than two months after it was allowed to resume publishing, the paper’s manager said.

The daily Hammihan, or Compatriot, was banned in 2000 by the hard-line Iranian judiciary after it called for improving Iranian ties with the United States. It had resumed publishing for 42 days when it was again ordered closed, said manager Gholamhossein Karbaschi.

He said the judiciary maintained the latest closure was due to “faults in the legal proceedings” that led to lifting the ban on the paper in May. However, the closure notification also “ambiguously talked about Hammihan committing some crimes, but without elaboration,” Karbaschi said.

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