New York, August 12, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists
welcomes the news that photojournalist Majid Saeedi has been released on
Saeedi, a well-known freelance photographer who has worked for several newspapers and global photo agency Getty Images, was released on bail on Tuesday. Getty Images co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said that Saeedi "is set to face trial on the charges set by Iranian prosecutors, and is possibly facing several years in prison if convicted."
"We are relieved by Majid Saeedi's release from prison
today, but call on authorities to drop all charges against him," said CPJ
Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator
On July 10, security agents arrested Saeedi at his home and took him to an unknown location, according to Getty Images. Official Iranian news sources reported that he and another photographer, Satyar Emami, had allegedly confessed to taking pictures and sending them to "enemy [news] agencies." Emami was arrested on July 9.