Wednesday 12 August 2009

Photojournalist bailed in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists has welcomed the news that photojournalist Majid Saeedi has been released on bail in Iran, but said it remains concerned that he still faces charges.
Saeedi, a well-known freelance photographer who has worked for photo agency Getty Images, was released on bail on Tuesday. Getty Images co-founder and CEO Jonathan Klein said that Saeedi "is set to face trial on the charges set by Iranian prosecutors, and is possibly facing several years in prison if convicted."
"We are relieved by Majid Saeedi's release from prison today, but call on authorities to drop all charges against him," said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator ‎‎Mohamed Abdel Dayem. "Saeedi was simply doing his job in documenting post-election events. We appeal to the government to release all remaining imprisoned journalists."
On July 10, security agents arrested Saeedi at his home and took him to an unknown location, according to Getty Images.

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