Thursday 25 June 2009

RWB: These journalists are held in Iran

Reporters Without Borders has listed the names of 26 journalists arrested since the disputed presidential elections in Iran. They are:

14 June 2009:
Cyber-dissident Somaieh Tohidlou (
Ahmad Zeydabadi,
Kivan Samimi Behbani,
Abdolreza Tajik,
Mahssa Amrabadi,
Behzad Basho, cartoonist
Khalil Mir Asharafi,
Karim Arghandeh, journalist for reformist newspapers Salam, Vaghieh etafaghieh, and blogger ( was arrested at his home in Tehran.
Shiva Nazar Ahari, cyber-dissident and human rights activists (see his blog:, was arrested at his home in the capital.

15 June 2009:
Mohamad Atryanfar, editor of several publications like Hamshary, Shargh, Shahrv and Emrouz, was reportedly transferred to the security section of Evin jail.
Saïd Hajarian, former newspaper editor Sobh-e-Emrouz, was arrested by the security forces overnight on 15-16 June at his Tehran home despite the fact that he is handicapped.
Mojtaba Pormohssen, journalist on several reformist papers, contributor to radio Zamaneh and editor of the newspaper Gilan Emroz, was arrested in Rashat in the north of the country.

16 June:
Mohammad Ali Abtahi, nicknamed “Mullah blogger“, was arrested at his home in Tehran. His blog:
Hamideh Mahhozi, arrested in Boshehr, south of Iran .
Amanolah Shojai, journalist and blogger arrested in Boshehr.
Hossin Shkohi, journalist on the weekly Paygam Jonob, arrested in Boshehr
Mashalah Hidarzadeh, arrested in Boshehr.
Fariborez Srosh, freelance journalist reportedly arrested the same day. Imprisoned in the past because of his work with Radio farda (Radio Free Europe).

17 June:
Saide Lylaz, journalist on newspaper Sarmayeh, arrested at his home in the capital. The financial specialist has been an outspoken critic of the policies of President Ahmadinejad.
Rohollah Shavar, journalist in Mashad, detained the same date.

18 June:
Mohammad Ghochani, editor of the daily Etemad Meli, owner of Mehdi Karoubi, one of the candidates opposing Mahmoud Ahamadinejad in the presidential elections, arrested in Tehran at 2am.

20 June:
Ali Mazroui, president of the Iranian Association of Journalists, arrested in the morning.
Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee and his wife Jila Baniyaghoob arrested at their home at midnight, following a search by plain clothes agents of the intelligence ministry. Winner in 2009 of the Courage in Journalism prize, awarded by the International Women’s Media Foundation, Jila Baniyaghoob is head of a feminist news website Canon Zeman Irani ( Her husband Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee, works for several pro-reformist publications.

21 June:
Correspondent for Newsweek, Maziar Bahari, arrested at 7am by security forces at his home.

22 June:
Mostafa Ghavnlo Ghajar, contributor to several newspapers and specialist in foreign media on Radio Gotogo, arrested at his home. His blog:

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