Director Badr al-Sadat Mufidi, told
the BBC Persian service that agents stormed the office with a warrant from
"The closure of the Association of Iranian Journalists is the latest attempt
to intimidate and silence critical journalists," said CPJ Middle East and North
Africa Program Coordinator
CPJ has also confirmed the arrests of three more journalists and the release of one.
Plainclothes security agents arrested Mahdi Yazdani Khoram near his office on Wednesday evening, the newspaper reported. Khoram is editor of arts and literature at Etemad e Melli , a newspaper owned by presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi. Mir-Hameed Hassan-Zadeh, with the Iranian Student News Agency, was arrested Tuesday, according to Parleman News, a local Web site. Hassan-Zadeh used to be the director of Ghalam News, a site affiliated with reformist candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi. Reza Nourbakhsh, editor-in-chief of Farhikhtegan newspaper, was also picked up on Tuesday, according to the journalist association.
CPJ has confirmed the release of one journalist. Authorities released Sumaia Nusrati, who works for the Tehran-based Tehran Emrouz, on July 29, according to local news reports. She was detained initially on June 21, CPJ research shows.