In this Sunday, Feb. 8, 2009, file photo, Iran's former reformist President Mohammad Khatami attends a ceremony organized by his party in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi, File)
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An Iranian newspaper editor who defied a national reporting ban on former president Mohammad Khatami hit back at threats of prosecution Wednesday, saying that such restrictions were unconstitutional.The ruling on Khatami, issued by Tehran's prosecutor, amounts to a domestic media blackout and is linked to Iran's disputed presidential vote in 2009 in which Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was re-elected.After the 2009 election, Khatami echoed claims by reformist opposition leaders Mir Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi that the vote was rigged.Khatami repeatedly called for the release of Mousavi and Karroubi but following the media ban on his name and picture he is referred to only as "head of the reformist government".
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