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Newspaper banned for publishing article about Khamenei-Assad meeting in Iran

TEHRAN: Iran on Tuesday banned reformist newspaper Ghanoon for publishing an article about a meeting between Iran’s supreme leader and visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported.

Ghanoon daily has received notification and its publication has been halted due to its (front page) headline on Tuesday, ISNA said.The order stating that Ghanoon would be temporarily banned was delivered to the papers management by Tehrans culture and media court, it added, without saying how long the ban would remain in place.Assad met Irans supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani on Monday during a surprise visit to the Islamic republic, his first since the start of the Syrian conflict.
The news agency did not elaborate on the article about their meeting, but the online version of the story was headlined Uninvited Guest.GhanoonThe reformist publication has been banned twice before in recent years.
One occasion was over a caricature deemed offensive to governmental organisations, and the other was due to a report on an Iranian prison headlined 24 Damned Hours, according to Tasnim news agency.Iran has been a key ally supporting Assad as he has battled to maintain his grip over Syria during nearly eight years of conflict in which more than 360,000 people have been killed.Assads visit to Tehran also coincided with Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarifs shock resignation announcement via an Instagram post.According to ISNA, Zarif was not present at any of the meetings.

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