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CPJ calls on Iran to release two detained journalists

August 30, 2017 5:30 PM ET

New York, August 30, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately release Sasan Aghaei and Yaghma Fashkhami, two journalists detained in Tehran, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran bars BBC staff and contributors from selling property

August 15, 2017 4:24 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning 152 journalists and media workers with the BBC's Persian service from buying or selling assets, cease harassing BBC journalists, and lift their ban on the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran frees Issa Saharkhiz then sentences him to one year in jail

April 28, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Issa Saharkhiz, who was sentenced yesterday to one year in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The sentence was handed down the day after Saharkhiz was released from jail on a separate charge,...

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Iranian editor, social media moderator detained

March 28, 2017 4:20 PM ET

Security forces arrested Morad Saghafi from his home in Tehran on March 16, 2017, according to the official ILNA news agency, but to date have not made public any charges against him or the reason for his arrest. Saghafi is the editor of Goftegoo Magazine, which focuses on culture and...

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Iranian journalists arrested ahead of elections

March 15, 2017 9:19 AM ET

New York, March 15, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately release Ehsan Mazandarani, Hengameh Shahidi, and all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests come ahead of presidential elections scheduled for May....

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Iranian editor held months without access to lawyer

March 7, 2017 1:02 PM ET

Iranian security forces raided the home of Tahereh Riahi, social affairs editor at Iran's government-funded Borna News Agency, and detained her on December 27, 2016, according to media reports and human rights groups. Two months after her arrest, the journalist was still held in Evin Prison near Tehran....

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Two journalists arrested in Iran

September 22, 2016 5:57 PM ET

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...

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Iranian journalist Issa Saharkhiz sentenced to three years in jail

August 10, 2016 6:22 PM ET

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....

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Iran suspends license of reformist newspaper

June 24, 2016 4:47 PM ET

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....

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CPJ condemns Iran's jailing of journalists

April 26, 2016 4:37 PM ET

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....

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