Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, July 07, 2003

The crushing of dissent continues.

An Iranian press court jailed two editors on Sunday after their newspaper published a photograph of an exiled Iranian opposition leader, the ISNA students news agency reported.

Iraq Jamshidi, editor-in-chief of the Asia daily newspaper, and his wife, managing editor Saghi Bagherinia, were imprisoned after failing to post a combined bail of 2.5 billion rials ($312,500), ISNA said.

The press courts form a branch of the mainstream public courts that deal with media offences. Iran's hardline judiciary has closed scores of liberal newspapers in the past three years.

The Asia newspaper, which carries mostly financial news, published an article and photograph on its front page on Saturday about the release from jail in France of Maryam Rajavi, head of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).

''We were charged with propaganda against the system for publishing a picture and an article,'' Jamshidi told ISNA before he and his wife were taken to Tehran's Evin prison.

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