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1. Ousted Iranian Minister to Launch Newspaper


Date: Sat, 5 Dec 1998 09:43:39 +0100
From: Farhad Abdolian <farhad@ALGONET.SE>
Subject: Ousted Iranian Minister to Launch Newspaper

Ousted Iranian Minister to Launch Newspaper

Xinhua English Newswire
(Copyright 1998)

Former Iranian Interior Minister Abdollah Nouri, who was ousted by the
conservative Majlis (parliament) in June, announced Sunday the launching of a
newspaper to defend the public freedom.

Speaking at a press conference, Nouri said that his daily was named "Khordad,"
the Persian -language name of the Iranian calendar month in which the moderate
President Mohammad Khatami was elected with a landslide victory over the

As the managing director, he termed his newspaper as a "mirror," which will
reflect all good and bad, strong and weak points of the society.

The daily, with an initial circulation of 100,000, will hit the newsstand
next week to offer "exact, accurate" news to the people, said Nouri, who was
seen as a strong supporter of Khatami's open-minded policies.

Nouri failed to win a vote of confidence in the Majlis on June 21 after the
conservatives accused him of creating tensions in the country, delivering
provocative statements and promoting inexperienced persons to managerial

Khatami appointed Nouri Vice President For Development and Social Affairs
hours after the sack. But Nouri quited the post last month to contest the
forthcoming local elections scheduled in February.

Nouri noted that his newspaper will be independent with no party or faction
affiliation though he is one of the close friends of the president.

The daily will make efforts to reveal the truth to the public and to defend
the country, the people and the public freedom, he said.

But he also said that "it is impossible for a newspaper to have no political

Nouri said that the aim of his newspaper is to provide a free tribune to the
public to express their views, criticism in favor of or against the

A newspaper has the responsibility to clear any ambiguity in the society, he
said, criticizing the country's mass media for failing to offer clear and
accurate reports about events in the society.

He rejected the notion that his newspaper will replace the pro-democracy
daily Tous, which was closed down by the conservative judiciary in September
for publishing material of defamatory character against late Iranian supreme
leader Ayatollah Musavi Khomeini.

"Some people asked me to publish Khordad soon after Tous was banned, but I
refused, because Khordad has nothing to do with Tous," he said.

Answering a question about the possibility that Khordad will face the same
fate as Tous since he has many political opponents, Nouri said that his
newspaper will act according to the country's constitution and the press law.

"I hope that my newspaper will not have the fate of Tous," he said, stressing
that no one can impose any limit on press freedom envisaged by the
constitution and the press law.


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