Iranian authorities have indefinitely revoked the operation of Kelid, a daily newspaper after it published a front-page editorial cartoon that showed the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s, hand drawing the poverty line in Iran.
The article titled “Millions of Iranians Living under Poverty Line” led to the closure of the newspaper which has highlighted the country’s economic crisis that the authorities are trying to hide from the international community due to callous rivalry.
The cartoon depicts a person’s hand drawing a line, and the Iran government has banned a fully functional media outlet as it resembles an image of Mr. Khamenei.
The Press Supervisory Board of Iran’s Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, not only shut down the publication of the newspaper, also revoked its license for an indefinite period.
The newspaper’s website has also taken offline, a clear attempt of censorship on the freedom of expression by the Iranian government according to advocacy groups
Open reporting about matters of daily life is very much important for every country in the world, including Iran.
The Committee to Protect Journalists and other advocacy groups called on the government of Iran to instantly reverse its decision banning the newspaper.
Local journalists in Iran often face government harassment and arrest, according to them, calling on the government of Iran to cease attempt censoring the media.
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