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Iranian Newspaper Editor Jailed

July 31, 2000

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ Iran’s hard-line judiciary has sentenced the editor of a banned reformist newspaper to a four-month jail term and an unspecified cash fine, a newspaper reported Monday.

Mohammad Reza Zohdi, director of the Arya daily, was found guilty of a wide range of charges that included ``insulting officials and government organizations″ and ``disturbing public opinion″ with his publication, Iran’s official daily paper reported.

Iranian hard-liners, who have waged a war against President Mohammad Khatami’s democratic reforms, have used such vague charges to close down 20 publications, most of them reformist newspapers, over the past several months.

Zohdi also has been banned from engaging in media activities in the future, the paper reported.

Elsewhere, liberal opposition writer and political activist Taqi Rahmani was jailed Monday on charges of insulting hard-line supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a close relative of Rahmani told The Associated Press. Speaking on condition of anonymity, the relative said Rahmani was arrested and jailed in the city of Shahr-e-Kord in central Iran on orders of the hard-line Revolutionary Court.

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