INTRODUCTION: A group of 28 Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Deputies on Monday (13 April) called for the lifting of a ban on the newspaper Mizan, closed by the Iranian Prosecutor-General last week.
CU INTERIOR Hossein Bani-Assadi speaking with Dr. Nour-Ali Tabandeh and Hashen Sabbaqian listening
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SEQ. 1: BANI-ASSADI: "We have asked the Attorney-General and the Government officials to tell us why they have done this on the basis of which law. And so far we haven't received any answer. Our questions have remained unanswered. We believe that the prosecutor who interviewed about Mizan, he shouldn't have done that and his interview in which he accused the director of Mizan as liar is illegal and immoral. We also have reported today a three member party which are assigned by the Imam and the President and the... those three other officials. And we have stated our objections and we have asked them to act as fast, as quickly as they can so that first of all the director of Mizan is released, and secondly the publication of Mizan can start as soon as possible. So far we haven't received any answer. But we hope that the response was as soon as possible. We believe that this act of suppression and we can not justify if neither of the basis of Islamic laws or the previous laws that we had before the revolution, and neither on the basis of the new Constitution and recent law of the press."
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Background: INTRODUCTION: A group of 28 Iranian Parliament (Majlis) Deputies on Monday (13 April) called for the lifting of a ban on the newspaper Mizan, closed by the Iranian Prosecutor-General last week. The paper's managing editor and former Commerce Minister, Reza Sadr, is being held in prison accused of libel, slander, and other offences. The Deputies' action follows that of President Bani-Sadr, who said the closure of the newspaper was a serious threat to freedom and the rule of law. The closure of Mizan, which means Scales of Justice, leaves only one major daily outside the control of the Moslem Islamic Republican party being printed. An editorial board of three men, Dr, Nour-Ali Tabandeh, lawyer of Mr. Reza Sadr, Hashan Sabbaqian, a member of the majlis, and engineer Hossein Bani-Assadi, has taken over control of the silenced paper. They held a news conference on Saturday at which hossein Bani-Assadi put the newspaper's views.