November 1, 2004

Baztab banned by judiciary

Iran's hardline judiciary ordered the conservative-run news website Baztab to close after receiving complaints that the site was "publishing false news," contrary to Iran's security guidelines, student news agency ISNA reported.

"Baztab was ordered to shut by the judiciary prosecution's inspector over complaints that the site was publishing false news contradicting the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) guidelines and contrary to the country's internal and external interests," ISNA said Monday, quoting a judiciary official.

Baztab is run by Mohsen Rezaie, former head of Revolutionary Guards, who is said to be a likely candidate in the upcoming presidential election in June 2005.

Many say that the decision may be related to Baztab's criticism of the way Iran has handled the problems surrounding its nuclear program.

Source: AFP

Posted at November 1, 2004 11:51 PM