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Two journalists arrested, one released in Iran

(RSF/IFEX) - 19 November 2012 - Reporters Without Borders has learned that Alireza Roshan, a journalist who wrote book reviews for the newspaper Shargh, was arrested on 17 November after being summoned to the prosecutor's office that is attached to Tehran's Evin prison.

He is to serve the one-year sentence he received from a Tehran revolutionary court following his arrest with other staff members of the Majzooban Nor website during a police raid on 8 September 2011.

After being convicted on a charge of activities against state security, he was released provisionally on 3 October 2011 pending the outcome of an appeal. His sentence was eventually confirmed by a Tehran appeal court.

Reza Entesari, another Majzooban Nor contributor who was arrested during the September 2011 raid, has been held ever since in Evin prison. He has several ailments and has been hospitalized in Tehran twice since his arrest.

Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Yashar Darolshafa, a netizen and contributor to several news media, has been arrested in order to serve the five-year jail sentence he received from a Tehran revolutionary court in March 2010.

The sentenced was finally confirmed by an appeal court on 7 November. Darolshafa was originally arrested on 2 November 2009, and again on 4 February 2010. He was held for a month both times.

Finally, Reporters Without Borders has also learned that Kashan news website editor Ali Moslehi was released on bail of 300 million toman (approx. 300,000 euros) on 10 September pending trial. He was arrested on 4 July.

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