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Iranian newspaper banned

Alaedin Zohourian, head of Iran’s press watchdog has said reformist newspaper Bahar has been banned for publishing an article criticised for ‘questioning the beliefs of Shia Islam,’ AFP has reported. “Based on the verdict issued by the press supervisory board, Bahar newspaper has been banned and its case has been referred to the judiciary,” said Zohourian. The daily issued an apology note, saying publishing an article last week was an “unintentional mistake,” and it temporarily suspended activities on Saturday to “ease the tensions.”