The government of Iran has ordered the closure of a daily newspaper which published 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 the attack on the Charlie Hebdo’s 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.
There have been further protests in the Muslim world against the magazine’s latest front cover, which has now been printed 7,000,000 times.
Protesters demonstrated outside the French embassy in the Yemeni capital, Sana’a and the Pakistani city of Karachi.