NCRI – On the orders of the committee overseeing media conduct, the daily Sharq was shut down, the government-run Fars news agency reported on September 11. The reason given for the closure was a cartoon which was interpreted as having "insulted officials."
The state-run news agency ILNA reported that the committee had on August 7 found an article in the same daily to have been "insulting and not in accordance with the ratified bills of the country’s Supreme National Security Council."
According to news received, the Ministry of Guidance and Islamic Culture controlled by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has published a list of 22 approved domestic news outlets and has ordered all government-run media to strictly only use these sources.
To offset their domestic and international turmoil, the leaders of the mullahs’ regime have increased restrictions on government-run media. Any infringement by state-run dailies on the set guidelines and the so-called "red lines" set by the Supreme National Security Council would result in their closure.
Secretariat of the National Council of Resistance of Iran
September 12, 2006