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Iranian papers banned after publishing fraud allegation by reformist candidate

[JURIST] Two reformist newspapers in Iran have been banned after publishing a letter from defeated opposition candidate Mehdi Karoubi claiming the first round of presidential elections was rigged [AFP report]. The Aftab Daily [official website, in Arabic] and the Eghbal Daily, the newspaper of the main reformist party, the Islamic Iran Participation Front [official website, in Arabic], are both unsure whether the ban applies narrowly to the issue on election rigging or if the ban will be long-term. The Iranian Judiciary detained a number of people Saturday for possible election fraud [JURIST report] after conservative and anti-Western Tehran mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Wikipedia profile] finished in a close second to moderate cleric Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [Wikipedia profile]. AFP has more.

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