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Monday, November 15, 1999 Published at 15:43 GMT

World: Middle East

Woman editor on trial in Iran

The trial has opened in Tehran of another newspaper editor, Jaleh Oskui -- the first woman editor to go on trial in the continuing battle in Iran between the pro-reform press and the conservative-dominated judiciary.

Ms Oskui, who edited the banned Penj-Shanbeh-ha weekly, rejected accusations which include the publication of provocative headlines and anti-Islamic articles.

On Sunday, hearings ended in the trial of another pro-reform newspaper editor, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin who's been given five days to provide a written defence. This year, judges in Iran have closed down four leading reform papers and arrested or jailed a number of journalists.

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