Iranian feminist magazine gets license revoked

// 29 January 2008

zamancovr.gifZanan – a feminist monthly magazine – has had its license revoked by the Iranian press supervision board, “on the grounds that it endangered spiritual, mental and intellectual health of its readers”.

A “well-informed source” told the Iranian Students News Agency that the case has been referred to the courts. As translated from Persian by Arab Media & Society:

The source said that the licence of Zanan monthly, managed by Shahla Sherkat, was revoked, by the vote of board members, on the grounds that it endangered spiritual, mental and intellectual health of its readers, gave the impression of insecurity in society, drew a dark image of women’s situation in the Islamic Republic, disturbed public rights, weakened military and revolutionary institutes and endangered mental security of society by publishing certain articles….

Zanan monthly has published 151 issues and has been active for over a decade.

PBS has a slideshow of the magazine, from which it is possible to gather that it covered issues such as domestic violence, teenage girls that run away from home, the popularity of nose jobs in Iran, women buying gold jewelry for financial security and caesarians.

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