Iranian Women’s Magazine Shut Down for Publishing Investigative Article on Martyrdom Movement

By M. Nissimov, Y. Mansharof and A. Savyon

cover of ZANAN

In late January 2008, the Media Supervision Committee of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance ordered the closure of the women’s movement monthly Zanan, which had appeared in Iran for 16 years. The order came after the magazine published an investigative article on istishhad (i.e. martyrdom) operations. The conservative news agency Fars reported, citing a knowledgeable source, that the magazine had been shut down for “breaking the law and defaming military and revolutionary institutions, including the Basij,” and for “publishing reports and [raising] issues that undermine [society’s] spiritual security, morale, and ideological strength, and that create a sense of insecurity in society and discredit the status of women in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” Read more …


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