New York, February, 22,
2013--Yet another journalist has been arrested in Iran as part of the broad
crackdown aimed at silencing dissent before Iran's presidential elections in
June, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on
authorities to halt their pattern of imprisoning journalists and instead allow members
of the press to report freely without fear of reprisal.
New York, February, 11, 2013--At least two more journalists have been
arrested by Iranian authorities, bringing to 17 the number of journalists
caught in the newest crackdown against the Iranian press, according to news reports.
The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately halt
their campaign against critical news media in the run-up to the presidential
elections in June.
In late January, Iranian authorities waged the largest crackdown
on the press since 2009, detaining a wave of journalists and issuing arrest
warrants for numerous others. The Ministry of Intelligence accused
the journalists of conspiring with foreign media to repeat the alleged
"sedition" of 2009, referring to electoral fraud exposed by the media
and the protests that followed. In response to the arrests, IranWire, a project
led by our colleague Maziar
Bahari, produced this video calling for the journalists' release.
Iran has maintained a revolving-door policy for imprisoning
journalists, freeing some detainees on furloughs even as new arrests are made.
In its December 2012 prison
census, CPJ found that Iran was the world's second-worst jailer of
journalists, with 45 journalists imprisoned in reprisal for their work. The
threat of imprisonment has led scores of Iranian journalists to flee into exile in recent years.