Iran: protest banning of women’s magazine

More than 120 international academics and human rights activists have signed a statement protesting the banning of Zanan Magazine—meaning “women’s magazine”—by the Iranian government this month, after 16 years in print. Iranian authorities have canceled the licenses of many publications in recent years, but Zanan’s closure has sparked strong protests. Among those signing the statement are Noam Chomsky, Jürgen Habermas and Shirin Ebadi. More than 1,000 journalists, intellectuals and cultural personalities within Iran and abroad wrote a similar letter. (Global Voices Onine, Feb. 14)

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