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Khatami and freedom of the press

17 June 2005

The polls will open in a few hours in Iran and "Reporters Without Borders have published":http://www.rsf.org/article.php3?id_article=14094 the awful reality of outgoing president Khatami's report card for the past eight years. They have summed it up this way:

bq. During President Mohammad Khatami's eight years in office, 4 journalists have been killed, 1 has disappeared, more than 150 newspapers (not counting student newspapers) have been closed by the authorities, more than 200 journalists have been summoned, detained and questioned, and 52 of them have been sentenced to prison terms ranging from three months to 14 years.

Based on Khatami's resume, how can anyone expect a better outcome from the next "reformist" regime?

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