Iran Human RightsIranian journalist held after giving interviews to foreign radios:...

Iranian journalist held after giving interviews to foreign radios: paper

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AFP: An Iranian journalist has been arrested on charges of giving interviews to foreign radios, a newspaper reported Thursday. Arash Sigarchi, chief editor of Gilan-e-Emrooz (Today’s Gilan) in the northern province of Gilan, gave interviews to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the US-funded Radio Farda, Shargh said. AFP

TEHRAN – An Iranian journalist has been arrested on charges of giving interviews to foreign radios, a newspaper reported Thursday.

Arash Sigarchi, chief editor of Gilan-e-Emrooz (Today’s Gilan) in the northern province of Gilan, gave interviews to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) and the US-funded Radio Farda, Shargh said.

It did not say when he was arrested, but said Sigarchi appeared in court on Sunday.

In recent months Iran’s hardline judiciary has been engaged in a crackdown on pro-reform press and Internet sites, detaining some 20 reporters and technicians.

Three Iranian reformist journalists were released after they agreed to write letters of repentance, saying they were “brainwashed” by foreigners and “counter-revolutionaries”.

Iran’s judiciary has maintained a crackdown on the pro-reform press for several years, with scores of papers shut down and journalists frequently detained.

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