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Donkey cartoon leads to closure of Iranian daily

It was a cartoon which finally led to the closure of the Iran’s reformist daily Shargh, according to Reporters Sans Frontiérs. The ominously named Commission for Authorising and Monitoring the Press, part of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, has closed two magazines, Nameh and Hazef, as well as Shargh.

The commission claimed 70 warnings had been sent to Shargh, but the managing editor has denied receiving them. The cartoon which can be seen on the RSF site, shows a chess board with two pieces, a black horse and a white donkey. This is seen as an allusion to President Mahmud Ahmadinejad who said he felt himself surrounded by light when he addressed the UN.

RSF says: “Political repression is now compounding the judicial harassment that Iran’s journalists have been undergoing in recent weeks.”

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