Iran media chief close to Ahmadinejad jailed: reports

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Sept  26 – A top aide to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who heads Iran’s official IRNA news agency, Ali Akbar Javanfekr, was arrested and jailed on Wednesday, IRNA reported.


Javanfekr was detained as Ahmadinejad was delivering a speech at the annual UN General Assembly in New York, the news agency said.

It said Javanfekr was taken to Tehran’s Evin prison, apparently to serve a six-month sentence on charges of publishing material offensive to Islamic codes and public morality that were upheld by an appeals court in February this year.

His lawyer at the time said the charges stemmed from an article in a state-run magazine under Javanfekr’s control that was critical of Iranian women being compelled to wear an Islamic headscarf

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