Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Iran Closes Paper For Promoting Gender Equality, Men's Housework

The AltTulsa team advocates freedom at home and in distant places as well. That's why we were alarmed this week to learn that Iranian officials shut down the nation's leading reformist newspaper.

The paper's so-called crime: publishing an interview with a poet who called for greater gender equality.

The newspaper, Shargh (or East), published an interview with Saghi Qahraman, who said that gender roles in Iran should be less restrictive. He also called on men to take on more household chores, according to an AP report.

An Iranian official said the newspaper was closed because it had published an "anti-revolutionary figure." According to the AP, Iranian officials have closed more than 100 pro-reform papers.

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