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    A woman holding a pen shows her arm covered with the words in French I am Charlie at a gathering in solidarity with those killed in an attack at the Paris offices of the weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in a plaza in Rio de Janeiro, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

    Iran Newspaper Shuts Down After #JesuisCharlie Headline Draws Condemnation

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    After threats, Iran's government took action against the newspaper, which printed a George Clooney interview that contained the phrase.

    A picture taken in Tehran on January 12, 2015 shows the front pages of Iranian newspapers displaying headlines, in response to the recent Islamist attacks that killed 17 people, most at the Paris offices of satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. More than a million people flooded Paris on Sunday in an unprecedented rally against terrorism, led by dozens of world leaders walking arm in arm as cries of Freedom and Charlie rang out.
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    MOSCOW, January 17 (Sputnik) – Mardom-e Emrouz, an Iranian reformist newspaper, has been banned for publishing the headline "I am Charlie" on its front page, AFP reported.

    “A firm confrontation with the desecration of the status of the Prophet Muhammad is the duty of every Muslim,” conservative parliament member Zohreh Tabibzadeh announced, in opposition to the newspaper, according to Al-Monitor.

    Officials previously condemned the newspaper for the headline, with legislators threatening the Minister of Culture with impeachment if she does not act on the matter, according to Fars News

    The headline was part of a George Clooney interview, and was quoting his support for the newspaper.

    The newspaper's editor, Mohammad Ghouchani, said in an interview that the cover was created before Charlie Hebdo printed the Muhammad cartoon, according to Al-Monitor.

    Iran officially condemned the attacks on the Charlie Hebdo newspaper, but also takes a highly critical stance on its publications of Muhammad, which are considered insulting to Muslims.

    On January 7, Charlie Hebdo's Paris office was attacked by gunmen, who murdered 12 people and injured another 11. Two of the terrorists responsible for the attack were later shot by police after an extensive manhunt, and a third suspect turned himself in.


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