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Watchdog Says Press Freedom At Lowest Point In 10 Years

RFL/RE - Freedom House says restrictive new laws and violence against journalists resulted in a global decline of press freedom during 2014, bringing the world's press freedom to its lowest point in more than 10 years.

Judiciary reiterates ban on reporting about former Iranian president

Radiozamaneh - The spokesman for the Iranian judiciary stressed once more that the media is not to report on former president, Mohammad Khatami, a senior reformist figure, as he is officially under a media ban by order of the judiciary.

Ennis event showcases human rights violations in Iran

Ba'Haiclareherald - Ennis supports the international fight for human rights this week when a groundbreaking film 'To Light a Candle' is screened at the Civic Rooms, Waterpark, Drumbiggle as part of a campaign to highlight human rights violations in Iran where large numbers of youth are denied an education.

Journalists association wary of government interference

Radiozamaneh - The Association of Iranian Journalists has issued a statement warning against efforts by the Ministry of Labour to establish a larger, all-encompassing organization to replace the existing association.

Iran bans weekly for criticizing government 'concessions' in nuclear talks: ISNA

Iran bans weekly for criticizing government 'concessions' in nuclear talks: ISNAReuters - Iran has shut down a hardline conservative weekly for criticizing the government's nuclear negotiations with six major powers aimed at ending a decade-old standoff, the Students News Agency ISNA reported on Monday.

Iranian writers welcome decline of censorship

al-monitor - When Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced off with his primary opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, in a heated televised debate in 2008, the unyielding leader conceded at least one point. When Mousavi criticized the state for its arbitrary book censorship under Ahmadinejad, the president responded, "Yes, I agree with you on that. I have written to the culture minister and warned him about this."

Court to hear case against two media outlets

Radiozamaneh - The trial for the shut down of Shargh daily newspaper and Setareh Sobh magazine will take place on Sunday February 1, IRNA reports.

Weekly publication closed after printing MP’s letter

Radiozamaneh - The Setareh Sobh weekly has been shut down by order of the Culture and Media Court for publishing Ali Motahari's letter to the Head of the Judiciary demanding action on the house arrest of opposition leaders.

Iranian MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications

PayvandNews - A few days after the Iranian Judiciary ordered the reformist Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper banned, ultra conservative members of the Iranian Parliament are working on legislation to permanently ban journalists who have worked for reformist publications that were shut down by the authorities. The measure is meant to ensure that such journalists will not resurface and continue their work in another publication.

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