Iran’s Revolution Eats More of its Children

James Phillips /

Iran’s theocratic dictatorship this week tightened the vice restricting the political activities of opposition forces by ordering two more political parties to suspend their activities, jailing their leaders, and banned a reformist newspaper. The Mujahideen of the Islamic Revolution, a faction organized in 1979 that threw its support behind presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, and the Islamic Iran Participation Front, which was formed in 1997 to advance the reformist program of former Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, are expected to be legally banned shortly.

In addition, the reformist newspaper Bahar became the latest newspaper to be shut down by the regime. Since Mahmoud Ahmadinejad rose to power in 2005, Iran’s increasingly repressive government has banned more than one hundred newspapers. More than fifty Iranian journalists are now in jail for criticizing the government according to the Committee to Protect Journalists, making the Iranian regime the world’s foremost enemy of a free press. (more…)