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May 31, 2014

IFJ demands that Iranian authorities free imprisoned journalists

The International Federation of journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the Association of Iranian journalists (AoIJ), to demand that the government of Iran follows up on its election promises by showing respect for press freedom and releasing all journalists imprisoned in the country. According to the AoIJ, three more Iranian journalists have been imprisoned in the country in recent months – bringing the total number of Iranian journalists in jail to 23. Two newspapers – Bahar and Aseman... MORE
April 19, 2014

Seven journalists among those beaten in Iran's Evin Prison

Seven journalists were among those attacked when Iranian guards and intelligence officials raided a section of Tehran's Evin Prison holding political prisoners on Thursday, according to news websites and human rights groups. The unprecedented violent attack left dozens of prisoners injured, some hospitalised, and others transferred to solitary confinement, according to news reports. Among those attacked were journalists Mohammad Davari , a winner of CPJ's International Press Freedom Award in... MORE
February 21, 2014

Iran: Court closes new daily six days after its launch

A Tehran media court decided on February 20 to close the reformist daily Aseman (Sky) after only six issues at the Tehran deputy prosecutor’s request. “This act of censorship is unacceptable,” Reporters Without Borders said. “It is indicative of the media war that is being waged by the Revolutionary Guards and orchestrated by courts, to the detriment of freedom of information. We demand the immediate reopening of this newspaper. Launched as a weekly in 2012, Aseman was given permission to begin... MORE
February 15, 2014

Iran Newspaper owners and writer spending 1,100th day under house arrest

Mehdi Karoubi , a dissident theologian, former parliamentary speaker and owner of the closed newspaper Etemad Melli , Mir Hossein Mousavi , the owner of the closed newspaper Kalameh Sabaz , and Mousavi’s wife, the writer Zahra Rahnavard , are spending their 1,100th day in detention today. They were placed under house arrest in February 2011. “The arbitrary detention of Karoubi, Mousavi and Rahnavard has no legal basis under either Iranian or international law,” Reporters Without Borders said. “... MORE
June 15, 2011

Iranian authorities “responsible for journalist’s death”

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has deplored the death in prison of journalist and writer Hoda Saber and accused the Iranian regime of being responsible. He was taken to hospital with chest pains on June 10 and died of a heart attack a few hours later. The Evin prison authorities did not inform his family, who learned about his death two days later on the Internet. “We send our deepest condolences to his family and to all Iranian journalists,” said RSF secretary-... MORE
May 3, 2011

Iran: 80-yr-old journalist, under house arrest for 10 years, commits suicide

Journalist Siamak Pourzand , 80, a major cultural figure in Iran, has committed suicide. Detained and under house arrest for ten years, banned from leaving the country and separated from his family, Pourzand killed himself on April 29 in Tehran. "We hold the Iranian authorities responsible for this gesture of despair. Despite several appeals to the authorities by his family and various human rights organizations including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), not once did either President Mohammad... MORE
April 27, 2011

Iran still targeting human rights lawyers and journalists

Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF) has condemned the recent arrests of Mohammad Seifzadeh, a human rights lawyer who has defended several imprisoned journalists, and Alireza Rajai , a journalist who writes for several reformist newspapers. A founder member of Nobel peace laureate Shirin Ebadi’s Centre for Human Rights Defenders, Seifzadeh managed to tell his family on April 22 that he had been arrested two weeks before by intelligence ministry officials in the... MORE
April 22, 2011

Iran: Authorities ban coverage of crackdown on Arab minority protests in Khuzestan

Iranian authorities used force to contain demonstrations a week ago in the southwestern province of Khuzestan and banned news coverage of the bloody clashes that took place. Both the national and international media were prevented from covering the incidents. The crackdown has continued this week with several arrests of netizens and media contributors, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). The Iranian government hypocritically defends freedom of... MORE
March 17, 2011

Iran: Human rights investigators needed to investigate crackdown on journalists

Iran has intensified its crackdown on media professionals. Agence France-Presse (AFP)’s bureau chief was expelled at the end of last week. In addition, accreditations for foreign media journalists have been revoked by the Iranian ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance. Abdolreza Tajik , who was awarded the RSF-FNAC press freedom prize in 2010, was given a six-year jail term for his work with the Human Rights Defenders Centre. Several journalists and netizens have recently been summoned by... MORE
March 1, 2011

Journalists going missing in Iran, those based abroad getting death threats

Mir Hossein Mousavi , owner of the suspended newspaper Kalameh Sabaz , his wife, author Zahra Rahnavard , and Mehdi Karoubi , owner of the suspended Etemad Melli , and his wife have been arrested in Iran, according to Paris-based press freedom group Reporters sans Frontières (RSF). Gholam-Hossein Mohseni Ejei, the Tehran public prosecutor, told a press conference on February 27 that the two newspaper owners were under house arrest and barred from using telephones or the Internet. He did not say... MORE