The nationwide protests flared up across Iran after a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, died in detention of the Morality Police of Tehran on 16 September. Web monitor NetBlocks noted widespread internet platform restrictions on Skype, WhatsApp and Linkedin and rolling blackouts. This followed older bans on Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and Telegram.
According to the Association of Iranian Journalists, an IFJ affiliate, 16 journalists have been arrested since the beginning of the protests. Those detained are:
1- Mr Ahamd Halabi Saz, freelance news photographer
2- Mr Iman Beh Pasand, freelance journalist
3- Mrs Vida Rabani, freelance journalist at Shargh newspaper
4- Mrs Fatemeh Rajabi, Haft Sobh newspaper and Boursan website journalist
5- Mrs Elahe Mohammadi, journalist at Hammihan newspaper
6- Mr Mojtaba Rahimi, freelance journalist
7- Mr Alireza Khoshbakht, freelance journalist
8- Mr Rouholah Nakhaei, freelance journalist
9- Mrs Nilofar Hamedi, journalist at Shargh newspaper
10- Mrs Yalda Moayeri, freelance news photographer and award-winning photographer
11- Mr Masoud Kordpur, editor at Mukrian news agency
12- Mr Khosro Kordpur, journalist at Mukrian news agency [released]
13- Mrs Marzieh Talaee , journalist at Mukrian news agency
14- Mr Ali Khatibzadeh, journalist at Mukrian news agency
15- Mrs Batool Balali, journalist at Kerman Farda news website
16- Mrs Samira Alinejad, journalist at Kerman no news website
17- Mrs Mehrnoush Tafian, local freelance journalist
18- Mr Farshid Ghorbanpour, Journalist at Haft Sobh newspaper
19 - Mr Arya Jafari, a photojournalist at ISNA news agency in Isfahan
20 - Mrs Safieh Gharebaghi, freelance journalist at Zanjan city
21 - Sivash Soleimani, a veteran journalist at Urmia city
22 - Mr. Alborz Nezami, a journalist at Donaye Eghtesad newspapers
23 - Mr Shahram Azmoude, editor in chief of Talesh magazine
24 - Mr Alireza Jabari Darestani, Journalist at Mehr news agency
25 - Mr. Ali Salem, the Shargh newspaper journalist
On 24 September, the Tehran Province Journalists Association(TPJA) published a second statement in the week condemning the arrests, interrogation and house search of journalists.
Addressing the Iranian government, TPJA said: "From a professional point of view, news coverage of general or limited protests is no different from news coverage of earthquakes, floods, the opening of dams or factories etc. From our point of view, as journalists, all these topics are newsworthy, and our professional duty dictates that we cover them competently and impartially. From a professional point of view, it does not matter whether we talk to the protester or the police officers".
The TPJA warned about the risk of weakening the media institution in Iran because of government actions and asked for the release of all arrested journalists.
The IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger has renewed the IFJ's call for the immediate release of all journalists detained and reminded the authorities of their obligation to uphold the fundamental right of freedom of expression for all Iranian citizens, including journalists.