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October 31, 2014

Iran arrests journalist covering acid attacks on women

Iranian authorities have detained for almost a week a journalist affiliated with the semi-official Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA), a media outlet that has covered a series of acid attacks on women in the country, according to news reports. Four other staff members affiliated with the agency were arrested on Monday and have been released, the reports said. This month, more than half a dozen women have been attacked with acid, leading to protests in the cities of Isfahan and Tehran and... MORE
October 31, 2014

Iran: Acid attacks on women - new grounds for harassing journalists

Embarrassed by a public outcry about a spate of acid attacks on women in the central city of Isfahan since the start of October, Iranian authorities have been threatening news media and arresting journalists and netizens. After at least seven women had been the victims of acid attacks, scores of demonstrators gathered outside the lawcourts in Isfahan and the parliament building in Tehran on October 22 to demand an “end to violence against women.” Several government officials and media outlets... MORE
October 8, 2014

Iranian journalists appeal to President Rouhani to end media violations

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined Iranian journalists in a renewed call for the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, to show courage and follow up on his election promises by proving his respect for media freedom and freedom of association. IFJ joined its affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ) and journalists from across Iran in a united appeal to President Rouhani to stop interfering in the way journalists organise themselves and to allow the Tehran... MORE
September 10, 2014

Iran's press record needs scrutiny at UN General Assembly

The Committee to Protect Journalists has expressed dismay that dozens of journalists remain imprisoned in Iran more than a year after the inauguration of President Hassan Rouhani, who has pledged to seek more constructive engagement with the international community. CPJ called on attendees of this month's UN General Assembly to urge Rouhani to ensure the release of all journalists imprisoned for their work. "Any hopes that Iranian journalists may have had that their lives would be improved or... MORE
July 30, 2014

Iran: Free or charge journalists

Iranian authorities should immediately ensure the release of three journalists and a fourth person arrested in recent days, including the Tehran correspondent for The Washington Post, unless they plan to bring recognizable criminal charges against them and guarantee them fair trials. The arrests are the latest in a series of actions that Iran’s security and intelligence forces, supported by elements within the judiciary, have taken against at least 10 journalists in recent months. The... MORE
July 30, 2014

27 journalists now detained in Iran, says IFJ

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has issued a renewed appeal for the government of Iran to show its commitment to press freedom and human rights by releasing the ever increasing number of journalists being held in the country. According to statistics from IFJ affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), there are now 27 journalists imprisoned in Iran – making it one of the worst jailers of journalists in the world. A number of those journalists have been imprisoned... MORE
July 2, 2014

IFJ demands respect for Iranian media following latest press freedom violations

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has reiterated its appeal for Iranian authorities to respect the rights and freedom of media workers following the latest media freedom violations in the country. Mashaallah Shamsalwaezen , the vice president of IFJ’s affiliate the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), has endured a series of government attempts to undermine his rights in recent days, while many journalists remain in prison, including the female journalist, Rayhane... MORE
June 25, 2014

Vice-president of Iranian union must be allowed to travel outside Iran

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on Iranian authorities to immediately revoke their decision not to allow Mashaallah Shamsalwaezen , the vice president of IFJ’s affiliate the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), to travel outside Iran. According to the AoIJ, Shamsalwaezen, a journalist and political analyst, has received a note from Iranian authorities telling him he is not allowed to travel outside the Iran anymore and asking him to report to the country’s... MORE
June 24, 2014

Iranian journalist ordered to appear in Revolutionary Court

Prominent Iranian journalist and IPI World Press Freedom Hero Mashallah Shamsolvaezin has been requested to appear in front of Iran’s Revolutionary Court within three days, sources told the International Press Institute (IPI) on Sunday. In a separate letter Shamsolvaezin received from the Revolutionary Court, the journalist was also informed that he was banned from travelling outside of the country. The letter followed Shamsolvaezin’s participation in the Forum for Media Freedom Defenders held... MORE
June 18, 2014

IFJ dismayed at unjust sentence given to Iranian journalist Serajoddin Mirdamadi

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has expressed its dismay at the unjust prison sentence handed down by an Iranian court to the journalist Serajoddin Mirdamadi . According to IFJ affiliate, the Association of Iranian Journalists (AoIJ), Mirdamadi has been sentenced to six years in prison for undermining national security. He had been living in Paris, but visited Iran in September 2013 when he had his passport confiscated at the airport and was prohibited from travelling. He was... MORE