The government of Iran has ordered a daily newspaper to be shut down for publishing a front-page story with a picture of George Clooney wearing a badge in support of Charlie Hebdo.
The Mardom e-Emruz, or Today’s People, ran the picture of the actor at the Golden Globes with the headline “I’m Charlie too”.
Mohammad Ghoochani, chief editor of the paper, told the Tasnim news agency that his paper had been forced to close.
While the newspaper did not express support for Charlie Hebdo or the star’s sentiments, judges branded the headline “obscene”.
Iran’s government condemned both the attack on the Charlie Hebdo offices and also the magazine itself, saying that publishing caricatures of Muhammed was “provocative” and an insult to Islam.
According to mainstream Islamic tradition, any depiction of the Prophet Muhammed is considered blasphemous.