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The regime and the media

Reporters Without Borders reports:

Iran now has a total of 33 journalists and cyber-dissidents in its jails, while journalists who could not be located at their homes have been summoned by telephone by Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi.

Twenty-three journalists have been arrested in the week since the presidential election results :

14 June:
- Somayeh Tohidloo, who also keeps a blog (http://smto.ir)
- Ahmad Zeydabadi
- Kivan Samimi Behbani
- Abdolreza Tajik
- Mahssa Amrabad
- Behzad Basho, a cartoonist
- Khalil Mir Asharafi, a TV producer
- Karim Arghandeh, a blogger (http://www.futurama.ir/) and reporter for pro-reform newspapers Salam, Vaghieh and Afaghieh, who was arrested at his Tehran home.
- Shiva Nazar Ahari (see her blog: http://azadiezan.blogspot.com).

15 June:
- Mohamad Atryanfar, the publisher of several newspapers including Hamshary, Shargh and Shahrvand Emrouz, who has reportedly been taken to the security wing of Evin prison.
- Saeed Hajjarian, the former editor of the newspaper Sobh-e-Emrouz, who was arrested at his Tehran home on the night of 15 June despite being badly handicapped.
- Mojtaba Pormohssen, who edits the newspaper Gylan Emroz and contributes to several other pro-reform newspapers and radio Zamaneh. He was arrested in the northern city of Rashat.

16 June:
- Mohammad Ali Abtahi, also known as the “Blogging Mullah,” who was arrested at his Tehran home. His blog: http://www.webneveshteha.com/.
- Hamideh Mahhozi, arrested in the southern city of Bushehr.
- Amanolah Shojai, who is also a blogger. Arrested in Bushehr.
- Hossin Shkohi, who works for the weekly Paygam Jonob. Arrested in Bushehr.
- Mashalah Hidarzadeh, arrested in Bushehr.

17 June:
- Saide Lylaz, a business reporter for the newspaper Sarmayeh, who had been very critical of Ahmadinejad’s policies. He was arrested at his Tehran home.
- Rohollah Shassavar, a journalist based in the city of Mashad.

18 June:
- Mohammad Ghochani, the editor of Etemad Meli.

20 June:
- Jila Baniyaghoob, editor of website Canon Zeman Irani (http://irwomen.net),
- Bahaman Ahamadi Amoee,
- Ali Mazroui, the head of the Association of Iranian Journalists.

The regime’s week-long enforced closure of Al-Arabiya’s Tehran bureau has been extended “indefinitely,” again for no other given reason than “unfair reporting” of the election.

The BBC reports:

Iranian authorities have asked the BBC’s correspondent in Tehran to leave the country within 24 hours.

The BBC said the office would remain open despite the departure of Jon Leyne, the broadcaster’s permanent correspondent there.

Iran has singled out Britain and the BBC in its widespread condemnation of what it calls meddling by foreign powers in its affairs.

In the days following the 12 June election, BBC Persian TV was disrupted by “deliberate interference” from inside Iran, the corporation said.

In response, the BBC increased the number of satellites that carry its BBC Persian television service for Farsi-speakers in Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan.

From the Lede:

Update | 1:50 p.m. The number of reporters arrested since the June 12 election has risen to at least 24. The Lede has learned that Newsweek reporter Maziar Bahari was arrested without charge on Sunday morning in Tehran, and has not been heard from since. Mr. Bahari, a Canadian citizen, has been living in and covering Iran for the past decade. His most recent article for Newsweek examined opposition supporters’ concerns that pro-Ahmadinejad groups were staging violent incidents at their rallies to undermine support for their movement.


There’s no clearer symbol of bad faith than the coercion of journalists. It says no less than that the regime itself recognizes that there is no account for its actions in reasonable terms.


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