Yas-e No

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Yas-e No (یاس نو in Persian; New Yasmine in English)[1] was a reformist newspaper in Iran, unofficially an outlet of the Islamic Iran Participation Front.[2]


On 19 February 2004, the Iranian judiciary banned the newspaper,[2] perhaps temporarily, only one day before the parliamentary election, after the paper published an open letter from some members of the outgoing parliament to Ayatollah Khamenei, the Supreme Leader.[3] The letter was read to journalists by Mohsen Armin, one of the organizers of the sit-in by MPs criticizing the vetting of candidates by the Council of Guardians. Saeed Mortazavi, Tehran's general prosecutor, announced that he had ordered the ban because of a request by the High Council of National Security. Hassan Rouhani, the council's chair, and Mohammad Khatami, the then president, denied this assertion on 20 and 23 February, respectively, saying that the matter was not even discussed at the council's meeting.

After five-year ban the paper was allowed to publish in May 2009.[2][4] However, following the presidential election the paper was again banned on 11 June 2009.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b Yahya R. Kamalipour (16 September 2010). Media, Power, and Politics in the Digital Age: The 2009 Presidential Election Uprising in Iran. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. p. 67. ISBN 978-1-4422-0417-1. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Yas-e No Banned Again". Rooz Online. 11 June 2009. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Yas e No, Sharq censored". CPJ. 18 February 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2013. 
  4. ^ "Media Environment Guide: Iran" (PDF). BBC Monitoring. 30 July 2009. Retrieved 21 December 2013.