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A Year Later: Suppression Continues in Iran

Hossein Shariatmadari

Position: Managing Editor, Kayhan newspaper

Hossein Shariatmadari is the appointed representative of Supreme Leader Khamenei to the Kayhan Institute, a large and influential publishing group. He is also Managing Editor of its hard-line conservative daily newspaper, Kayhan. Shariatmadari is a strong supporter of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and is reported to have links with the intelligence services. On February 12, 2009, he wrote an article in Kayhan suggesting that former president Khatami might be assassinated if he ran against Ahmadinejad.

On June 28, 2009, he wrote an editorial claiming that opposition candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi was trying to “escape punishment for murdering innocent people, holding riots, cooperating with foreigners and acting as America’s fifth column inside the country.” He called for Mousavi and Khatami to be tried for “horrible crimes and treason.”

On August 21, 2009, Mousavi’s aide Ali Reza Beheshti filed suit against Kayhan alleging that a story in the paper suggested Mousavi had a lawmaker assassinated before he could issue a report on Mr. Mousavi. Shariatmadari was ordered to court twice to represent the newspaper but did not appear, prompting Judge Mansouri to order the paper closed. However, the Prosecutor-General of Tehran, Saeed Mortazavi, denied that any such order had been issued.

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