Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, President of Iran
Sadeq Larijani, Head of the Judiciary of Iran
Brussels 14th December 2010
I write on behalf of the Gender Council of the global federation, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), to express our concern at the recent jailing of journalist Nazanin Khosrovani, arrested by your security forces on November 2nd.
Press reports have highlighted the circumstances of her arrest and, so far, neither the reasons nor charges have been provided by your authorities.
The IFJ is extremely alarmed of news that, in recent days, her family were told that she was banned from having visitors without any explanation.
According to her friends, Nazanin had been unemployed as a journalist since the 2009 election, and she has never been involved in any political activity.
In the absence of any charges, I appeal to you on behalf of journalists worldwide to release Nazanin forthwith. Her prolonged detention in jail and uncertainty about the reasons of her arrest is having a terrible impact on her health and on her family.
Chair, IFJ Gender Council