Iran bars local coverage of opposition

Iranian media have been prohibited from mentioning opposition leaders, including former President Mohammad Khatami, under a purported media directive that would further strengthen the government's grip over the remaining news outlets.

The document, which has appeared this week on pro-reform websites, requires Iranian newspapers and news agencies to shun any coverage or images of Khatami and the former presidential candidates Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mahdi Karroubi — who claim massive vote fraud in last year's re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

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