Iran - Alerts
PEN International continues to call for all charges against Nargess Mohammadi to be quashed
In separate incidents, at least three journalists have been imprisoned over the last month.
"What we are witnessing today in Khuzestan province is state-sanctioned killing that . . . is aimed at silencing voices that are critical of the government's policies in the region," Human Rights Watch said.
RSF calls for the immediate and unconditional release of journalists and bloggers arrested for reporting news and information, a legitimate activity, or for exercising their right to free expression.
Ten bloggers were recently arrested and families of bloggers living abroad have been taken as hostages and harassed as punishment for their relatives' criticism.
Nargess Mohammadi is being held in an overcrowded prison in the town of Zanjan, and relatives reported that her condition has deteriorated so much that can barely recognize her.
Security forces arrested the activists following anti-government protests in several towns across the country’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province on or after April 15, 2011.
Mouloud Anfand, the editor of the controversial magazine Kurd-Israel
, has been missing since 9 June in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region.
Manijeh Najm Eraghi was arrested on 3 June 2012 after being summoned by Tehran's State Security police, and transferred to Evin Prison to serve out a one-year prison sentence.
The journalists attended a presentation in Tehran and were arrested as they were on their way home.
Over the course of two weeks, two journalists were arrested to begin serving previously imposed jail sentences and a third was sentenced to 25 lashes, while a monthly was suspended for two months.
Eighty-year-old Ebrahim Yazdi, who suffers from cancer and a heart condition, was convicted for exercising his right to freedom of speech.
Narges Mohammadi, whose health is deteriorating, was arrested and has begun to serve her six-year prison sentence.
The literary translator has been held without charge since 10 January 2012, and is said to be in a fragile condition after having started a hunger strike on 2 April.
Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was sentenced to a one-year prison term on April 2 for alleged "propaganda against the state" and "weakening the pillars of the Islamic Republic," for her reporting on the arrest of political prisoners after the 2009 presidential election.
Despite the agency's acknowledgement of the mistake and “tak[ing] appropriate steps to prevent a recurrence", the authorities revoked the press cards of all of its staff.
Security forces arrested Tahmineh Monzavi on 19 February from her workplace in Tehran but have yet to disclose her whereabouts, legal status, or health condition.
International broadcasters including the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America have all recently highlighted deliberate electronic interference by the authorities that is affecting their broadcasts.
One of the founders of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested on 10 September 2011 during a raid by plain-clothes officials from the intelligence ministry.
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Amidst an all-out censorship on the media, the weekly "Hadiss Ghazvin" was charged with "publishing false information with the aim of upsetting public opinion."