As journalists in Iran continue to be arrested in the aftermath of the country's disputed 12 June elections, Amnesty International is asking you to help seek their release. Also, join Hands Across the Mideast Support Alliance (HAMSA), which has started up a petition protesting Telecom joint venture Nokia Siemens. The companies have provided the Iranian government with a "monitoring centre" that enables security forces to tap cell phones, read emails, scramble text messages and interrupt calls.
According to Amnesty, at least a dozen journalists are still being detained in Tehran, likely in Evin Prison where they are at risk of torture or ill-treatment. Among them is Maziar Bahari, a Canadian-Iranian who reported for "Newsweek" and has just been charged with belonging to a Western-orchestrated conspiracy to overthrow the clerical regime.
Amnesty is asking that you send appeals to arrive as quickly as possible, in Persian, Arabic, English, French or your own language, calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all prisoners of conscience, and urging the whereabouts of all those detained be made known. Email addresses and other contact details are available on
Meanwhile, Nokia's new monitoring technology is being deployed on a massive scale, says HAMSA, "with hundreds arrested thanks to Nokia's technology."
Take a minute to pressure Nokia to stop immediately its contract with the Iranian regime, disable its monitoring centre, and explain how Iranians can circumvent the monitoring system. Tell the company you will boycott its products and urge your mobile carriers to stop selling Nokia until it stops aiding the crackdown.