Iran court lifts ban on cinema magazine

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Iran has lifted a ban on a cinema magazine which was ordered to halt publication in March for printing decadent and corrupt articles on foreign film stars, Fars news agency reported on Tuesday.

Branch 27 of Tehran s public court has lifted the ban on Donya-ye Tasvir (World of the Image), Fars said.

We now hope to publish the new issue of Donya-ye Tasvir in the month of Day (December-January), its editor Ali Moallem said, explaining that the magazine had appealed against the ban.

The monthly was banned along with other lifestyle and cinema magazines for publishing pictures of corrupt foreign film stars and details about their decadent private lives.

The last issue of Donya-ye Tasvir carried reports on several Hollywood starlets, including Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman, all accompanied by pictures.

To keep in line with the cultural standards of the Islamic republic, foreign movies are often heavily censored before screening to cut any scenes in which actresses are scantily clad.

Dozens of newspapers and magazines have been banned in recent years after the media industry flourished during the early stages of the 1997-2005 term of reformist president Mohammad Khatami. -AFP

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