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Iran shuts down reformist newspaper for undermining Islamic values
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Monday, October 28, 2013 4:53 AM EDT
Iran has shut down a reformist newspaper over an article that allegedly undermined Islamic values.
Bahar published an op-ed article on Wednesday that expressed doubts the Prophet Muhammad had appointed a successor — a statement that contradicts the beliefs of Shiite Muslims.
Shiite Muslims believe Muhammad designated Imam Ali Ibn Abi Talib, his son-in-law, as the leader of the Islamic society.
Last week, Bahar's chief editors temporarily shut the publication down for two weeks, possibly in an effort to avoid the ban.
Since 2000, Iran's judiciary has shut down more than 120 pro-reform newspapers and jailed dozens of editors and writers.