Iran General News Crackdown on Internet Journalists

Crackdown on Internet Journalists

-

Reuters: Iranian authorities have arrested at least six Internet journalists and webloggers in recent days, colleagues and relatives said on Wednesday, in a further blow to limited press freedoms in the Islamic state. News-based Internet sites and online journals known as Weblogs have flourished in Iran where the disproportionately youthful population often turns to the Internet for information and entertainment.
Reuters

TEHRAN – Iranian authorities have arrested at least six Internet journalists and webloggers in recent days, colleagues and relatives said on Wednesday, in a further blow to limited press freedoms in the Islamic state.

News-based Internet sites and online journals known as Weblogs have flourished in Iran where the disproportionately youthful population often turns to the Internet for information and entertainment.

The hardline judiciary’s muzzling of print media through the closure of some 100 publications in the last four years also meant the Internet became a haven for liberal journalists seeking a place to write.

Journalists and relatives named the six arrested journalists and Webloggers as Shahram Rafizadeh, Babak Ghafouri-Azar, Rouzbeh Amir-Ebrahimi, Hanif Mazroui, Omid Memarian and Mostafa Derayati.

“We do not know where they are being held. We heard they have been kept in solitary confinement,” said a relative of one of the detainees, who asked not to be named.

Iran’s pro-reform Press Association, denounced the move.

“We protest against these arrests. Ignoring the detainees’ right to a lawyer is unlawful,” Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a leading member of the association, told Reuters.

International human rights groups frequently criticize the lack of freedom of expression in Iran which they say has more journalists in jail than any other country in the Middle East.

Judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad told the ISNA students news agency on Tuesday that several journalists from “illegal Internet sites” would soon go on trial.

They will face charges of “propagating against the regime, acting against national security, disturbing the public mind and also insulting religious sanctities,” he said.

Analysts linked the arrests to a recent shift to the right in Iran’s domestic politics as pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami’s seven-year effort to foster greater social freedoms, justice and democracy fizzles to an end.

Khatami’s second and final term in office ends in mid-2005 with Islamic conservatives opposed to any watering down of Iran’s system of clerical rule poised to recapture the government from reformers just as they re-took parliament and local governments in the past two years.

Latest news

Why the World Rejects Iran as an Economic Partner?

It took ten years for 15 Asia-Pacific countries to agree on a trade agreement. Last week, China and 14...

Iran’s Mass Arrests of Activists and Their Families

Iranian authorities have continued to arrest political activists and relatives of the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK/PMOI) members as tensions grow...

Trial of Iranian Terrorists Should Restrict Tehran’s Terror Machine

Four terrorists of the Islamic Republic of Iran will be going on trial in Belgium on November 27. They...

Female Peddlers in Iran Risking Death

Female peddlers in Iran are facing humiliation and the risk of death to make ends meet in these trying...

Iran: Four Protests in a Day

Iranian authorities’ mismanagement and failures placed workers in dire living conditions. In this respect, there has been no day...

Iran Diplomat Tried on Terrorism Charges in Europe

The Iranian government has tried everything to stop its agents from standing trial on terrorism charges in Europe, even...

Must read

PRESS DIGEST – Iran – Nov 7

Reuters: These are some of the leading stories in...

India’s IOC aims to cut oil imports from Iran by 23.4 pct in 2013/14-Minister

Reuters: Indian Oil Corp, the country's biggest refiner, aims...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you