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Seymour, Richard
August 2004
Middle East;Aug/Sep2004, Issue 348, p46
Though some regimes openly admit they will not tolerate opinions that are at odds with official policy, others claim censorship is vital if the moral fabric of their societies is to be maintained and unblemished by the corrupting influences of the West. Iran's judiciary has closed down almost 100 newspapers in recent times as Tehran's religious elite attempts to crack down on the reformist movement within the country. Despite claims by Iran's President Mohammad Khatami that criticism of the government is 'okay' and that no more than a few hundred 'immoral or pornographic' sites have been closed down, it is widely believed the figure stands closer to 10,000.


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