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Iran Bans Newspaper Over Article on Assad Trip

◢ Iran on Tuesday banned reformist newspaper Ghanoon for publishing an article about a meeting between Iran's supreme leader and visiting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, the semi-official ISNA news agency reported. "Ghanoon daily has received notification and its publication has been halted due to its (front page) headline on Tuesday," ISNA said.

Resisting New Technology is 'Outdated' Says Iran's Rouhani

◢ Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Monday said resistance against new technologies is "outdated" as he once again criticized the judiciary's blocking of social media. "Resisting new technologies and modern developments is an outdated approach," Rouhani said in a speech broadcast by state television.

Iran TV Boss Fired Over Jackie Chan Sex Scene

◢ A regional boss of Iran's state broadcaster IRIB has been fired after inadvertently letting a Jackie Chan sex scene slip through its tight censorship rules, local media reported on Monday. Viewers on Iran's Kish Island were shocked when their local TV station showed the martial arts star having sex with a prostitute in one of his films.

Under Pressure, Some Young Iranians Persevere, But Many Want to Flee

◢ Some young Iranians are determined to modernize their country and rescue it from economic collapse. But facing relentless US pressure and increasing hardship, many of the educated elite simply want to leave. In some ways things have improved for young people, but not fast enough to meet their heightened expectations. Today, they openly criticize the government and the system in a way that would have been unthinkable even a few years ago, but they feel ignored. "Officials don't listen to young people. They ignore their hopes, their views on life, society, religion, politics," said Ehsan, a 24-year-old student.  

Iran Minister Says 'Impossible' to Block Information by Banning Apps

◢ Iran's telecoms minister said Tuesday it was "impossible to block citizen's access to information", a day after the conservative-dominated judiciary banned the hugely popular Telegram messaging app. The move follows a presidential directive banning all government workers from using foreign messenger apps to communicate.