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November 17, 2010

Two German reporters charged with espionage in Iran

Iranian authorities announced on Tuesday that two German reporters for Bild am Sonntag will be charged with espionage, according to international news reports. They were arrested in October while interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning on charges of adultery. The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed alarm at these developments and called on Iranian authorities to drop the charges and release the reporters immediately. On Tuesday, Malekajdar Sharifi, the... MORE
October 13, 2010

Iran must disclose identities of detained Germans

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called on Iranian authorities to immediately disclose the names of two Germans who were arrested on Sunday and described as journalists in several news reports. CPJ also asked Iranian officials to clarify the circumstances surrounding the arrests of the two individuals and to state what, if any, charges were filed against them. The head of the German Journalists' Association, Michael Konken, said in a press statement that the detainees were... MORE
October 12, 2010

Renewed crackdown on foreign media in Iran

Iran has decided to expel Tehran-based journalist Ángeles Espinosa, the correspondent of the Spanish daily El País . The authorities cancelled her residence permit on October 10 and gave her two weeks to leave Iran, where she has been an accredited journalist for the past five years. No explanation was given. Espinosa’s press card was withdrawn when she was arrested in Qom in July after interviewing Ahmad Montazeri, the son of Ayatollah Hossein Ali Montazeri, a leading reformist cleric who died... MORE
September 22, 2010

Iran convicts two journalists; considers death for blogger

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has expressed alarm at Iran's continued persecution of independent journalists. Reporters Shiva Nazar Ahari and Emadeddin Baghi have each been sentenced to six years in prison, while authorities are said to be considering the death penalty for blogger Hossein Derakhshan, according to news reports. On Saturday, Iranian authorities sentenced Nazar Ahari, a reporter for the Committee of Human Rights Reporters, to six years in prison and a fine equivalent... MORE
September 11, 2010

Iranian lawyer who defends detained journalists is herself arrested

Iranian free speech defender Nasrin Sotoudeh, a lawyer who has represented many imprisoned journalists, has now herself been arrested. She was arrested on September 5 on charges of anti-government propaganda and conspiring against the regime after responding to a summons from a revolutionary court prosecutor's office located inside Tehran's Evin prison. “Nasrin Sotoudeh has for the past year been the spokesperson of the victims of injustice, of those the regime is trying to silence,” Paris-... MORE
September 1, 2010

Iran newspaper calls Carla Bruni-Sarkozy a 'prostitute', wants her death

A hardline Iranian newspaper has called the French first lady a "prostitute" and recommended she be put to death for supporting a woman sentenced to death by stoning in Iran for adultery. Under the headline "French prostitutes enter the human rights uproar," the Kayhan daily newspaper referred Saturday to Carla Bruni-Sarkozy as a "prostitute" after she released an open letter in support of Sakineh Ashtiani, 43, a mother of two whose case has drawn international attention, CNN reported. Kayhan... MORE
August 25, 2010

Imprisoned Iranian journalist sues Nokia Siemens over spying system

An imprisoned Iranian journalist is suing Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) over allegations that the telecommunications company provided the Islamic regime with a monitoring system it used to spy on the opposition Green movement, according to the Guardian . Isa Saharkhiz, a prominent journalist and political figure, was arrested after last summer's disputed presidential election. Saharkhiz, who is still in detention, discovered during his interrogation in Tehran's Evin prison that his whereabouts... MORE
August 19, 2010

Iranian journalist Badressadat Mofidi gets six years in jail

Iranian authorities have imposed a six-year prison sentence against journalist Badressadat Mofidi, according to New York-based press freedom group Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). Mofidi was formerly the secretary-general of the Association of Iranian Journalists in Tehran, an organisation that was established by prominent journalists in 1997 and shut down by the authorities in 2009. On August 3, Branch 26 of Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced Mofidi to six years in prison and banned... MORE
August 19, 2010

Iran bans well-known economic newspaper

The Iranian state committee that monitors the press has banned the well-known economic newspaper Asia , RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. The Deputy Head of Iran's Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Mohammad Ali Ramin, said the reasons for closing down "Asia" include "publishing pictures against public chastity,” “promoting wastefulness and extravagance," and "persistence in carrying out the aforementioned violations." The details: [ Link ] Asia is known to be critical of the Iranian... MORE
August 2, 2010

Iran brands Western media 'dishonest cocky cheats'

Iran's deputy culture minister lashed out at Western media on Sunday, branding them "dishonest, cocky cheats," who will be banned from an annual press fair in the autumn, the ILNA news agency reported. "This year none of the Western media are allowed to participate in the fair," said Mohammad Ali Ramin, who is also a press watchdog official. "We have eliminated them, because Western media are dishonest, cocky cheats and see themselves as the invincible sultans of the world," he said, adding... MORE