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Tuesday, September 29, 1998 Published at 01:52 GMT 02:52 UK

World: Middle East

Iranian publications banned for insulting Khomeini

Iranian television says a Tehran court has banned two publications for insulting the country's late spiritual leader, Ayatollah Khomeini.

The court revoked the publishing licenses of the Iranian daily "Tous" and the monthly "Jameah-e Salam".

The report said the owner of "Jameah-e Salam" was given a five-year suspended jail sentence for publishing lies, insulting the state authorities and distorting the utterances of Khomeini.

"Tous" was also accused of questioning the authority of Iran's current spiritual leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Mr Khamenei has called on the judiciary to deal with what he calls the abuse of press freedom by the media.

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