Iran: Journalists recently Arrested by the Security Forces

Iran: Journalists recently Arrested by the Security Forces

Published by on November 8, 2018

Journalists recently arrested by the security forces include Saba Azarpeyk, a former reporter with the pro-reformist daily Etemad, freelance journalist Ejlal Ghavami, and Massoud Kazemi a reporter with the pro-reformist daily Sharq.

Hivanews website editor Kazem Imanzadeh was summoned for questioning by judicial officials in Sanandaj on 6 October.

Iranian security authorities arrested Saba Azarpeyk, a journalist in Iran’s reformist Etemad newspaper, after she uncovered that a minister, who recently retired, was involved in a corruption case.

Only one day before being arrested she had revealed a document proving the corruption of former Iranian Minister of Industry, Mohammad Shariatmadari.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the latest arrests of journalists in Iran, in which, according to RSF several have been questioned in the past month or so and three have been arrested in the past week in connection with social network posts.

According to RSF’s statement: “She was arrested by the Ministry of Intelligence agents during a raid on her home on 29 October and her accounts on Twitter and the encrypted messaging app Telegram were shut down shortly thereafter”.

Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran/Afghanistan desk, said: “We call for the immediate release of journalists held arbitrarily and urge to stop suppressing the freedom to inform” .

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