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09 December 2023

Iran bans paper for 'I am Charlie' headline


Iran has banned a reformist newspaper for publishing on its front page the headline ‘I am Charlie’, state news agency Irna reported on Saturday.

Mardom-e Emrouz published the slogan next to a picture of Hollywood star George Clooney who had said it at the weekend's Golden Globes.

"The court in charge of cultural affairs and the media imposed the ban on the newspaper for publishing a headline and a picture which it deemed insulting," Mardom-e Emrouz director Ahmad Sattari told IRNA.

Its chief editor Mohammad Ghouchani also said the paper was banned "for having published something linked to Charlie Hebdo," according to the news website nasimonline.ir.

Clooney, who is also popular in Iran, joined tens of thousands of people around the world by paying tribute to victims.

‘Je suis Charlie’ (I am Charlie), Clooney told the audience at the Golden Globe on January 12 as he received an award for his film career.

Mardom-e Emrouz, which in Farsi means ‘Today's People’, published on its front page a picture of Clooney and above it the headline: ‘Clooney: I am Charlie.’

The paper triggered the ire of several conservative dailies who urged the prosecution to take action against it.