Press freedom group Reporters Without Borders has accused the Iranian authorities of arresting and jailing Iranian journalists in a manner that is illegal and violates international judicial standards.
RWB says journalists are also being summoned and threatened in a bid to stop them working for both foreign and national news media.
“We demand the immediate and unconditional release of journalists held without legal grounds,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Iran is the world’s biggest prison for journalists and bloggers, with a total of 42 held. Most of those in section 209 of Tehran’s Evin prison are mistreated and are subjected to a great deal of psychological pressure. They are illegally denied the right to visits by relatives and lawyers. Terror is at the heart of the methods used against them.”
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