Iran Judiciary Orders Media Blackout on Former President Khatami

Iran’s justice department ordered the country’s media not to mention former President Mohammad Khatami, according to Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei, the judiciary spokesman.

“There is an order that bans the media from publishing photos or reports about this person,” Mohseni-Ejei said, according to the semi-official ISNA news agency.

Khatami was president between 1997 and 2005, and supported reformist candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karrubi in the disputed 2009 election. Both are now under house arrest after leading protests denouncing the victory of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in that vote as a fix.

Khatami backed President Hassan Rouhani’s successful election campaign in 2013 on a platform of broadening civil liberties. Rouhani has been frequently stymied by the conservative judiciary in his efforts to carry out his election promises.

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