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Conservative Web site editor detained for insulting family of late Islamic leader Khomeini

Conservative Web site editor detained for insulting family of late Islamic leader Khomeini

Authorities on Monday detained the editor of a conservative Web site that comments current events on charges of insulting the family of the late founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, the official IRNA news agency reported.
The report said Tehran's general prosecutor, Saeed Mortazavi, ordered that Hossein Nobakhtian, editor of the Nosazi Web site, be taken into custody. He was sent to the Evin prison _ notorious for holding political dissidents _ just outside of Tehran after an initial hearing in the prosecutor's office.
Earlier in February, Iranian authorities banned Nosazi and four other Web sites for "poisoning" public opinion ahead of the crucial mid-March parliamentary elections.
Nosazi had criticized Hassan Khomeini, a grandson of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the founder of the Islamic Republic of Iran, for his opposition to barring pro-democracy candidates from the election.
Khomeini's name is revered across Iran and political factions or other groups rarely openly challenge members of his family, most of whom have stayed out of politics after his death in 1989.
Authorities have occasionally closed down some of the hundreds of private Web sites that comment on Iranian news and politics. But closure of hardline and conservative Web sites _ such as Nosazi, which in Farsi means Reconstruction _ that are believed close to the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is rare.


Updated : 2021-02-28 03:15 GMT+08:00