Authorities in Iran closed down the country's leading reformist newspaper yesterday in the latest stage of an offensive against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's opponents in the media.Absurd. Who will rid us of these turbulent priests? (No, W., not you please.)
Shargh, which has been critical of Mr Ahmadinejad, was ordered to shut after running an interview with an anti-regime poet last Saturday. The poet, Saghi Qahraman, has been accused by the country's Islamic rulers of promoting homosexuality.
The newspaper unsuccessfully attempted to placate official anger by publishing a front-page apology today after withdrawing the article from its website.