Al-Shoura Is Blocked [Archives:1999/09/Local News]

March 1 1999

The Minister of Information has issued a decree to outlaw the issuance of Al-Shoura newspaper, mouthpiece of Ittihad Al-Qiwa Al-Sha’abiyah (Federation of Popular Forces). The reason quoted in the minister’s decision was that there were two parties issuing the same newspaper under the same name.
“Until they agree, both have to stop coming out.”
But that logic, the genuine group in the party complains, is an excuse to put their newspaper out of business. They further accuse the state of having masterminded and financed the issuance of the twin copy.
The editor of the real McCoy, Mr. Noman Kaied Saif, had been imprisoned by the authorities and was later released.