Iranian newspaper banned by Iranian officials

Iranian newspaper banned over new clear deal coverage by Iranian officials

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani delivers a speech to the nation in Tehran, Iran July 14, 2015.

As Iranian Security Council has given guidelines for the coverage of the nuclear deal issue, officials banned a weekly newspaper owned by lawmaker Hamid Rasaie over the issue on Monday.

The officials believe that the conservative newspaper has broken the guidelines talking about “national interest.” This is the first incident since the guidelines were first given last week.

The "9th Dey Weekly" was not the first newspaper to face problems with the new guidelines. Kayhan daily and the Raja news website were also given warnings as it is believed they violated the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) orders.

The  "9th Dey Weekly" has faced similar problems before as it has been banned twice over the same issue.

"The banning of 9th Dey Weekly under [President Hassan] Rouhani's government is no strange news," Rasaie wrote on his Instagram.

"This government has proven much less tolerant of criticism than it claims," he added.

SNSC closely pays attention to the talks over the nuclear talks along with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

An agreement was achieved  between Iran and the United States along with Britain, China, France, Russia and Germany on July 14. The agreement says that the nuclear dispute with Iran will come to an end.

According to the Press Supervisory Board, media should think about "national interests and security and carry out criticism in the framework of responsible freedom."

Culture Ministry spokesman, Hossein Noushabadi said "If anyone was to make comments against our national interests on a subject that is tied with our national security, it should definitely be stopped."

The nuclear agreement is "an important matter that was achieved under the supervision of the supreme leader... and cannot be easily criticised with unjust comments," he added.

TRTWorld and agencies