THE editor of an Iranian reformist newspaper has been jailed for publishing an article on Shia Islam deemed offensive by authorities.
The ISNA news agency said Saeed Pourazizi of the Bahar newspaper was taken to Evin prison on Saturday.
ISNA quoted Pourazizi’s wife, Masoumeh Shahriari, as saying her husband was summoned to court but was taken to jail instead.
She said authorities have demanded bail in exchange for his release.
Iran‘s press watchdog banned Bahar last week because of an article authorities said questioned Shia Islam’s beliefs about the Prophet Mohammed‘s appointed successor
Prior to the ban, the daily issued an apology, saying publishing the article was an “unintentional mistake” and it had temporarily suspended activities to “ease the tensions”.
Culture Minister Ali Janati said the article “foments religious conflicts” and that the daily had received earlier warnings.
And judiciary chief Ayatollah Sadegh Larijani warned on Wednesday that…