Iran frees Jason Rezaian after 544 days

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian is released as part of a prisoner swap deal after spending 544 days in an Iranian prison. Rezaian was arrested in July 2014 on charges including espionage, convicted more than a year later, and sentenced to an unspecified prison term. Rezaian's wife and two others, arrested alongside the Washington Post correspondent in 2014, are already free. Iran is one of the leading jailers of journalists, with 19 behind bars as of CPJ's annual prison census released in December.

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Alerts   |   Iran

Two journalists arrested in Iran

Residents of Tehran read the front pages of newspapers in this December 4, 2011, file photo. (Reuters/Raheb Homavandi)

New York, September 22, 2016 - Iranian authorities should immediately release two reformist journalists arrested in recent days and stop jailing the media for doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At the time of his arrest, pro-government media described Sadra Mohaqeq, the editor of the reformist newspaper Shargh Daily, as an "infiltrator." Security forces detained online journalist Yashar Soltani after he reported on alleged corruption in Tehran's municipal government, according to press reports.

Blog   |   Iran

Why proposed bill could mean the end of independent journalism in Iran

President Hassan Rouhani, pictured at a press conference in March 2016, has submitted a draft bill to parliament that proposes creating a state-regulated organization to oversee the country's press. (AFP/Atta Kenare)

The Iranian government will address the United Nation's General Assembly this month for the last time before President Hassan Rouhani seeks re-election next year. The international appearance would be a good chance for Rouhani's administration to discuss its record in office.

Alerts   |   Iran

Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in jail

New York, August 10, 2016--A revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced the prominent Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz to three years in jail on August 8 for "insulting the Supreme Leader" and "propagating against the state," according to his lawyer, Mahmoud Alizadeh Tabatabaei, and news reports.

August 10, 2016 6:22 PM ET


Case   |   Iran

Iran suspends license of reformist newspaper

An Iranian court prosecutor suspended the Iranian reformist newspaper Ghanoon's license following a legal complaint from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IGRC), the newspaper announced on June 20, 2016.

June 24, 2016 4:47 PM ET


Blog   |   Iran, Security

Why Telegram's security flaws may put Iran's journalists at risk

An Iranian shows messages on Telegram about Iran's elections in February. Security experts warn that users of the app may be at risk of data compromise. (AP/Vahid Salemi)

The mobile messaging app Telegram is popular in Iran, where citizens who have limited access to uncensored news and mainstream social media sites, such as Facebook and Twitter, use it to share and access information. But the app's estimated 20 million users in Iran, including those who use Telegram to report and communicate with sources, could be putting themselves at severe risk of data compromise, security experts warn.

Statements   |   Iran

CPJ condemns Iran's jailing of journalists

New York, April 26, 2016 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists strongly condemns an Iranian court's sentencing of three reformist journalists. Tehran's Revolutionary Court sentenced the three to between five and 10 years in prison on charges of "acting against national security," according to press reports.

Blog   |   Iran

CPJ joins call to renew Iran special rapporteur mandate

The Committee to Protect Journalists has joined 34 other organizations in calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to vote in favor of renewing the mandate of the special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. The vote is scheduled to take place during the 31st session of the council, which ends March 24.

March 16, 2016 1:10 PM ET


Blog   |   Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Syria, Turkey, Vietnam

On International Women's Day, CPJ recognizes nine female journalists jailed for their work

Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad's regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions. These are some of the important issues journalists cover in their role as the Fourth Estate.

Blog   |   Iran

'Prison is the equivalent of a death sentence for him,' son of journalist jailed in Iran says

Issa Saharkhiz, pictured in Iran. The freelance journalist's health has deteriorated since he was detained in Evin prison, his son says. (Mehdi Saharkhiz)

The son of imprisoned Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz says his father's health has deteriorated and he has lost a worrying amount of weight since being sent to Evin prison last November. In an interview with CPJ, Mehdi Saharkhiz said his father, who is due in court this week, has been treated poorly.

March 2, 2016 12:34 PM ET


Impact   |   Iran, Mexico, Poland, Turkey

CPJ Newsletter: January

Turkey releases jailed Iraqi journalist

Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was released on bail in Turkey after spending 131 days in prison. (AP/Elena Becatoros)

Following months of advocacy by VICE News, CPJ, and other groups, Iraqi journalist Mohammed Ismael Rasool was released from Turkish prison on January 5. Rasool was arrested in August along with his VICE News colleagues, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury, while they were reporting from southeastern Diyarbakir province. The three were charged with "aiding a terrorist organization."

January 30, 2016 12:00 PM ET
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