New York, October 20, 2009—With the release of Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari on bail, the Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Iranian authorities to release the 25 journalists who still remain in prison.
“We are relieved that Maziar Bahari is out of jail and that
he can be with his family,” said CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “Our
thoughts are now with our colleagues who remain behind bars in
Among these journalists is Fariba
Pajooh, a freelance reporter who has worked for outlets such as Etemad e Melli , the Iranian Labour News Agency, and the Persian service of Radio
France International. She was arrested in mid-August and was charged with “propagating
Following the presidential elections, authorities arrested thousands of protesters who challenged the official results. The government cracked down on media by arresting dozens of journalists, censoring newspapers, blocking Web sites, expelling and vilifying foreign journalists and media, and putting on trial several journalists. Twenty of the jailed journalists and bloggers were detained after the June elections, CPJ research has found. About 70 journalists were arrested overall in the crackdown; the majority of those who have been released are out on bail.
Earlier today, the Washington-based International Women’s
Media Foundation honored formerly imprisoned journalist Zhila Bani-Yaghoub, who