Iran news agency chief sentenced to a year in prison

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by Sarah Harper

The press adviser to the president of Iran was sentenced to a year in prison on the charge of "publishing materials contrary to Islamic norms," the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reported Sunday.

Ali-Akbar Javanfekr, who is also the chief of the IRNA, was banned from doing any journalistic activity for three years, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Associated Press
reported that Javanfekr wrote that the practice of women wearing the head-to-toe black garment known as the chador was an imported practice, not an originally Iranian one.

Javanfekr has 20 days to appeal the sentence -- and his lawyer, Abdollah Nakhaei, said he will definitely appeal the verdict.

According to the Associated Press, Javanfekr is one of many of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's political backers who have been targeted by hard-line opponents recently.

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