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Sunday, August 9, 1998 Published at 07:24 GMT 08:24 UK

World: Middle East

Iranian women get their own newspaper

A daily newspaper, Zan, Womanaimed specifically at a female readership has been launched in Iran.

The publication aims to promote the role of women in politics, social and cultural activities.

The publisher is Faezeh Hashemi, the daughter of the former Iranian president, Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, and she is a supporter of the reformist policies of the current president, Mohammad Khatami.

Her support of female participation in sport has drawn criticism in the past from Iranian conservatives, who say her views undermine Islamic values.

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