Iran Bans Newspaper for Printing George Clooney ‘Je Suis Charlie’ Photo


When George Clooney accepted his Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Golden Globes, just four days after the terror attack on Charlie Hebdo’s Paris offices, he wore a small pin that read “Je suis Charlie.” Now, after a reformist Iranian newspaper printed a photo of Clooney that included that pin, it has reportedly been banned by the Iranian government.

The paper, Mardom-e Emrooz (or “Today’s People”) ran the photo under a headline that read, “I’m Charlie too”:

Mardom-e Emrooz, which aimed to provide support for reformist President Hassan Rouhani with its coverage, had only been publishing for three weeks when its government-provided permit was revoked.

“The court in charge of cultural affairs and the media imposed the ban on the newspaper for publishing a headline and a picture which it deemed insulting,” the paper’s director Ahmad Sattari told the Irna news agency.

In his acceptance speech at the Globes, Clooney heralded the more than a million people of all faiths who marched in Paris to support those killed in the attacks. “They were leaders of countries all over the world and they didn’t march in protest,” he said. “They marched in support of the idea that we will not walk in fear. We won’t do it. So, ‘Je Suis Charlie.’ Thank you.”

Watch Clooney’s full speech below, via NBC:

[Photo via screengrab]

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