Thursday, 23 July 2009

Four more journalists confirmed held in Iran

The ‎Committee to Protect Journalists has confirmed the detentions of another four journalists in Iran.
According to CPJ at least 41 journalists are now being held in Iranian prisons, 35 of whom were jailed in the aftermath of the disputed June 12 presidential election. CPJ research shows that Iran has overtaken China, where 28 journalist are imprisoned, as the world's worst jailer of journalists.
CPJ says among those unjustly jailed is Majid Saeedi, a freelance photographer for Getty Images, who has worked in Iran for years. CPJ has posted a slideshow showing Saeedi's work. One of his pictures, of an Iranian commemorating the 1980-1988 Iran-Iraq war at a memorial in 2007, is shown above.
‎"Iranian ‎‎authorities continue to hold dozens of journalists behind bars, the vast majority of them without charge. The numbers speak for themselves--and the world is taking note. It's an embarrassment for Iran to be the world's worst jailer of journalists," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator ‎‎Mohamed Abdel Dayem. "The authorities must end their campaign against the media, and they should start by immediately releasing these unjustly detained journalists."

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