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Report: Iran shuts down newspaper, detains editor

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - A news agency in Iran says officials have detained the editor of a daily reformist newspaper after they shut it down on charge of insulting Islam.

The report Thursday by the semi-official ISNA news agency said prosecutors ordered Abbas Bozorgmehr, the editor of Aseman, to Evin prison after they closed the publication.

The prosecutor's office said in a statement that the closure came over the newspaper publishing an interview in which "Islamic retaliation law" was called inhuman. That law allows victim of a crime, his relatives or the prosecutor to demand retaliation.

Aseman had published weekly for two years before becoming a daily last week.

Iran has banned newspapers and jailed journalists in the past, though such measures haven't happened since moderate President Hassan Rouhani took office in August.

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