Iran Arrests a Dozen Journalists for ‘Anti-Revolutionary’ Acts

In a coordinated attack on the press, Iranian authorities have arrested between 11 and 14 journalists for “cooperating” with “anti-revolutionary” media outlets.

Amnesty International reported that between January 25 and 28, up to 14 journalists were arrested during raids on newspapers offices.

“This latest example of locking-up Iran’s journalists is a result of draconian restrictions on reporting which violate the right to freedom of expression and must be relaxed,” said Ann Harrison, Deputy Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program.

“All journalists who are imprisoned in Iran merely for peacefully doing their job should be released immediately and unconditionally.”

These arrests were perhaps presaged by comments by Prosecutor General Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei who said in a January 21 press conference that some journalists were working with “the enemy.”

Unfortunately, today, other than writing in the country’s newspapers, several journalists have their hands in the hands of Westerners and anti-revolutionaries….

Now, tomorrow, if any of these individuals is arrested for a criminal act, you, too, will scream and yell, whereas, unbeknownst to you, that individual was the mouthpiece and podium of the enemy.

Only days later the raids on many Tehran-based newspapers were conducted after warrants were issued by the Court of Media and Culture.

“All journalists held solely for their legitimate work must be released immediately and unconditionally as they are prisoners of conscience,” said Amnesty International’s Harrison.

Reuters reports that the Mullahs didn’t just go after reform-minded newspapers as Tabnak, a more conservative Iranian website, was also shut down.

Some of the arrested journalists are listed as follows: Pouria Alemi and Pejman Mousavi (Shargh Newspaper), Emily Amraee and Soleyman Mohammadi (Bahar Newspaper), Akbar Montajebi (Aseman Weekly), Sassan Aghaee, Javad Deliri and Nasrin Takhiri (Etemad Newspaper), Motahareh Shafiee and Narges Joudaki (Arman Newspaper), and Milad Fadai Asl (Iranian Labour News Agency).

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  • MartinLandauCalrissian

    Unless the Old Media does Obama’s bidding even more than they do now, expect journalists to be arrested here by Obama’s ministry of truth.

  • herddog505

    Pfft! What are these people thinking? They need to take tips from the pros of the American media and learn how to kiss the regime’s a**: then they won’t be arrested.
    Sheesh… If *I* can figure it out, you’d think that they could!

  • GarandFan

    Well ya got Fox news and certain ‘radio-talk shows’. I’m sure it won’t be long before Tommy Friedman will be saying ‘Oh, if only we could be like Iran for a day, the things we could accomplish’.

  • retired.military

    ““All journalists held solely for their legitimate work must be released immediately and unconditionally as they are prisoners of conscience,” said Amnesty International’s Harrison.”

    Wow I am sure Iran will jump to do that. Why who knows. Next they may get a warning from the UN. Oh the horror. I know they are losing sleep just thinking about it.

  • Commander_Chico

    Does this mean we should bomb them?

    • Olsoljer

      ??? I thought Iran launched you into space??

    • MartinLandauCalrissian

      I guess it shouldn’t surprise anyone that Chico sees nothing worth commenting about when freedom of the press is threatened. Liberals like him hate, hate, hate all that messy “freedom” stuff.

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