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Journalist freed on bail; repression continues

Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari was released on bail and allowed to return to the U.K. this week after four months in Tehran's Evin prison.
Iranian journalist Maziar Bahari was released on bail and allowed to return to the U.K. this week after four months in Tehran's Evin prison.

via RSF

Journalist Maziar Bahari was freed on bail on 17 October after spending 120 days in Tehran's Evin prison, report Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE).

A journalist with dual Canadian and Iranian citizenship, Bahari is a "Newsweek" correspondent who was detained in the clampdown on protests after the disputed presidential elections in June. At a show trial on 1 August, an indictment was read out by the prosecutor citing confessions forced out of Bahari, reports RSF.

Immediately after his release he rejoined his family in Tehran and was awaiting trail, reports RSF. According to news reports, Iranian officials allowed Bahari to return to the U.K. this week and he is now with his wife who is about to give birth to their first child.

CJFE welcomed the news of Bahari's release but also emphasised the journalists and bloggers who remain in prison just because they exercised their right to free expression.

Another journalist with dual Canadian and Iranian citizenship, blogger Hossein Derakhshan is still being held by Revolutionary guards since his arrest on 1 November 2008, report CJFE and RSF.

"Bahari's release should not divert attention from the fact that 31 other journalists and bloggers, including Derakhshan, are still detained in Iran," RSF said. "Canada and the entire international community must redouble efforts to get the Iranian authorities to free all the imprisoned journalists. Ban Ki-Moon's recent report confirms that the human rights situation has deteriorated considerably."

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