Following the closure of “Yas-e No” daily, at the request of the Head Prosecutor of Tehran and the Revolutionary Courts, the Defenders of Human Rights Center has issued a public statement objecting to these developments. Also in this statement, the Defenders of Human Rights Center has requested that high ranking officials within the Judiciary press charges against those responsible for this illegal action. While objecting to the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance in preventing this daily from resuming publication, which has resulted in the loss of employment by yet another group of journalists and technical experts, the DHRC has further requested that the ban imposed on the publication “Yas-e No” daily be lifted. The following is the text of the statement issued by the Defenders of Human Rights Center:
In the Name of God
Dear Fellow Iranians,
Once again the Daily “Yas-e No” has been banned by the Head Prosecutor of Tehran and Revolutionary Courts in an illegal manner in its second day after resuming publication. The Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, citing the letter from the Head Prosecutor of Tehran and Revolutionary Courts, has prevented the publication of this daily. It seems that the Head Prosecutor of Tehran and Revolutionary Courts has objected to the ruling by the court of appeals allowing for the resumption of the publication of “Yas-e No” daily on the grounds that the courts had not been officially served him with the appeals court verdict in this case. The objection of the Prosecutor cannot serve as legal justification for the prevention of the publication of “Yas-e No” daily. Still in actuality the daily has been banned once again after only two days of resuming publication, without the convening of a trial, legal adjudication the right to defense, and without regard to Article 168 of the Constitution and the 1st note of Article 20 of the Law on the Convening of Public and Revolutionary Courts (Reformed in 1381—2002). Further cause for concern is the fact that the banning of this publication has resulted in the unemployment of tens of individuals. The surprising fact is that high ranking officials within the Judiciary have not objected to this illegal action on the part of the Head Prosecutor, and have only limited themselves to the claim that the Head Prosecutor’s letter cannot serve as legal justification for the closure of “Yas-e No daily.
The Defenders of Human Rights Center condemns the closure of “Yas-e No” daily and views the actions taken by the Head Prosecutor of the Tehran and Revolutionary Courts as a clear example of the imposition of illegal limitations on the press, and as such urges high ranking officials at the Judiciary to: 1) initiate legal proceedings against those officials who have committed these illegal actions; and 2) remove the ban placed on “Yas-e No” daily, so that it can resume regular publication.
The Defenders of Human Rights Center
May 21, 2009