Hamshahri, Resalat, Kayhan, Internet accounts, special court
The press in Iran is privately owned and reflects a diversity of political and social views. A special court has authority to monitor the print media and may suspend publication or revoke the licenses of papers or journals that a jury finds guilty of publishing antireligious material, slander, or information detrimental to the national interest. In 1996, 32 daily and 470 nondaily newspapers were in circulation. The majority of these are published in Persian, but newspapers in English and other languages also exist. The most widely circulated periodicals are based in Tehran. Popular daily and weekly newspapers include Hamshahri, Jomhuri-ye Islami, Kayhan, Resalat, Salaam, Sobh-e Emrooz, and the Teheran Times (an English-language paper).
The government runs the broadcast media, which in 1995 included 3 national and more than 50 local radio stations, as well as 3 national and 28 local television stations. In 1997 there were 263 radios and 71 television sets in use for every 1,000 residents. There were 149 telephone lines and 33 personal computers for every 1,000 residents. Computers for home use became more affordable in the mid-1990s, and since then demand for access to the Internet has developed. In 1998 the Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications began selling Internet accounts to the general public.
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