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Iran's ex-president Khatami urges restrictions lifted

Iran's former president Mohammad Khatami, pictured in Tehran in 2004Iran’s former president Mohammad Khatami, who is under a media ban for supporting reformist candidates in the 2009 presidential election, on Tuesday urged fewer restrictions and a more open atmosphere. The comments, in a statement published on Khatami’s website, follow an influential strategic role he played in February 26 elections in which reformists won many parliamentary seats. Iranian media are not allowed to use pictures of Khatami, who was president between 1997 and 2005, or to quote him, because of a ban imposed by Tehran’s prosecutor.

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