Iran Closes Publication for Discussion of Unmarried Couples | Freedom House

Iran Closes Publication for Discussion of Unmarried Couples


In response to the decision by Iran's Press Supervisory Board to suspend publication of Zanan-e Emrooz (Today’s Women), a popular monthly magazine about women’s issues, Freedom House released the following statement:

“Banning a publication because it expressed an opinion about the cohabitation of unmarried adults deprives Iranian citizens of a platform to discuss the social and cultural realities of their society,” said Dokhi Fassihian, senior program manager for Middle East and North Africa programs. “It is a blatant violation of freedom of the press and represents another failure by President Rouhani to deliver on the promises he made to the Iranian people to advance free speech and gender equality.”
Iran’s Press Supervisory Board, responsible for upholding the country’s repressive Press Law, suspended Zanan-e Emrooz on 27 April 2015 for “violating public chastity.” If found guilty of criminal charges, the magazine’s managing editor could face up to two years in jail or up to 74 lashes. 

Iran is rated Not Free in Freedom in the World 2015, Not Free in Freedom of the Press 2014, and Not Free in Freedom on the Net 2014

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