Deputy in Charge of the Press Resigns

Sunday, January 31, 1999 Published at 23:03 GMT

World: Middle East

Iranian Culture minister says press to remain open

The Iranian minister of culture, Ataullah Mohajerani has said he
would continue to apply what he called an open press law, despite
the resignation of his deputy in charge of the press, Ahmad Borghani.

Mr Borghani was overseeing reforms to extend press freedom but
correspondents say he had been under attack from conservatives who
criticised his liberal views.

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