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Iran Bans Women's Magazine for Promoting Cohabitation

Monday, 27 April 2015 08:10 AM

An Iranian media watchdog banned the women’s monthly Zanan Emrooz for encouraging cohabitation, local media reported.

The media review body said the magazine had published material that was “promoting and justifying” a “phenomenon that violates national and religious values,” Mehr news agency reported. The magazine was banned from publication and the case referred to the judiciary, it said.

While Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has struck an agreement with world powers on its nuclear program, the prospect of greater freedoms at home has been limited by more conservative factions within the establishment.

Iran’s media enjoyed a period of respite following Rouhani’s election in June 2013 as they started exploring areas previously deemed taboo, including the impact of sanctions on Iran’s economy and potential overtures to the West. Even so, cultural issues remain contentious.

At least two newspapers were closed last year, and the Judiciary has warned the media against publishing “images or statements” of former President Mohammad Khatami, a reformer who fell out with the clerical establishment.

Zanan Emrooz, which means “Today’s Women,” started publication in May 2014 to discuss “issues and challenges of Iranian women,” according to its website.

The cover of last month’s edition featured a man putting on pink dish gloves while carrying a baby, with the headline: “The emergence of the new dads.”

Sex outside marriages is illegal in Iran. Officials say marriage is a means of preserving morals, while expressing concern that the divorce rate and average marriage age are rising.

 

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