Iran has closed down the state-run Ebtekar newspaper for 'spreading rumours and lies' because it published a report on the sacking of the head of the Prisons Organization.

Ebtekar's managing director Mohammad Ali Vakili told Mehr news agency that the ban was imposed by the judiciary authorities after the paper published details of the attack on political prisoners at Tehran's notorious Evin prison.

Protests at the brutal raid on Ward 350 forced the regime to remove prisons chief Gholam Hossein Esmaeeli, which the mullahs then portrayed as his 'promotion' to hide the fact they had been forced to back down over the protests.

The head of Iran's judiciary then closed down the paper, ordering prosecutors to 'stand up against any spreading of lies and disrupting national security, so that everyone knows that Iran’s Islamic regime is not a regime that is passive against the saboteurs and their supporters'.

Iran's ruling mullahs are becoming increasingly less tolerant of any state-run publication that strays from the regime's official viewpoints.

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