Iranian journalists arrested in raids on newspapers

Iranian journalists arrested in raids on newspapers 31 January 2013

AHMADI NEJADAmnesty International reported at least 14 reporters have been arrested in the past three days in Iran.  The journalists are reportedly accused of cooperating with “anti-revolutionary” Persian-language media organisations outside Iran. Security forces stormed the offices of several Tehran-based publications on the weekend, according to Iranian media. Ten journalists were arrested in five simultaneous raids on Sunday, while two were reportedly arrested on Saturday. Security agents reportedly searched and videotaped the premises. They also searched some of the journalists’ homes. Some had phones and press permits confiscated. The arrests reportedly took place after warrants were issued by the Court of Media and Culture. The journalists arrested on Sunday have been transferred to an unknown location while the two detained on Saturday were reportedly taken to Evin Prison. Journalists in Iran face numerous restrictions on their legitimate work, which includes peaceful criticism of the authorities and reporting on human rights issues.

Source: Amnesty