International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today called on Iranian authorities to reopen the office of the
Association of Iranian Journalists
(AoIJ) which was closed down on 5 August on the order of the government's
general prosecutor. The Association said the decision was illegal and has submitted an
application signed by 325 Iranian journalists to the prosecutor general for the reopening of their office.
measure was clearly designed to disrupt the work of the Association," said
Aidan White, IFJ General Secretary. "One month after the office's closure,
there has been no explanation for it, making it yet another act of media
repression played out in recent months in Iran."
to the AoIJ, an IFJ affiliate, the authorities closed down their office shortly
before the general assembly which had been convened to discuss the media
clampdown in Iran in the wake
of the controversial June presidential election.
disputed re-election of President Ahmoud Ahmedinejad led the authorities to
wage a campaign of intimidation of the media in their effort to suppress
independent reporting of the widespread unrest and show of defiance to the
regime in Iran. At least 38 journalists are believed to be in prison and scores more have fled the country
for fear of arrests.
IFJ has consistently said that repressive methods used against media in Iran
are stifling new dialogue and further erode the government's credibility and
standing home and abroad.
is time the government acknowledges that press freedom is needed to heal
divisions in today's Iranian
society," added White. "That will not happen unless journalists are free to go
about their work without undue interference."
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