Iran Closes Reform Newspaper

The Iranian government closed down the nation’s leading voice for reform of the nation because it printed an article which was critical of Hamas. “Kargozaran has been banned over a media offence and the case has been referred to the court.” According to Mohammad Parvizi, who handles such matters at the culture ministry, the ban came because of an article “yesterday which justifies the Zionist regime’s crimes against humanity in Gaza and portrays the Palestinian resistance as terrorists who cause the death of children and civilians by taking up position in kindergartens and hospitals.” Actually, according to Kargozaran’s director, Morteza Sajadian, the article was a statement by a student group which was not supposed to be printed.

This incident points up an ongoing issue in Muslim nations in which anyone who opposes the official version of the truth is regarded as a traitor who must be silenced. It is this attitude which most hampers the ability of Arab nations to deal with problem solving. The Israeli response may be criticized as an over-reaction, but it might be beneficial for people in Muslim societies to read opposing viewpoints. For example, there is no doubt Hamas places rocket launchers in areas where there is a civilian population on the assumption the Israelis are decent people who would not bomb civilians.