No scoop, just goof.
No scoop, just goof: The government Monday shut down the
country's largest circulation daily, Hamshahri, which just happens
to be published by the municipality of Tehran under Mayor Mohammad-Baqer
Qalibaf, a frequent critic of the president. Hamshahri was put in the
censor's crosshairs when it published a Page One ad for tourism to
India; the ad included a photo of a major tourist site in New Delhi, the
uniquely designed Lotus Temple. The temple is a Baha'i house of
worship. Ooops! There was a big uproar on both sides, with many City
Council members opposing closure but the City Council president
supporting it. After one day, the Judiciary reversed the government ban
and Hamshahri was allowed back on the streets. Hamshahri's managing
director, Ali-Asghar Moheqi, said the closure was political given that
two other dailies, Iran, owned by the government, and Khorshid had
earlier run the same ad and picture.