IFJ Concerned for Safety of Danish Journalism Student in Iran

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) today expressed deep concern about the whereabouts of Niels Kroghsgaard,

a Danish journalism student, who went missing on Wednesday in Tehran. Witness reports say he was arrested by government security forces

during the demonstrations marking the 30th anniversary of the

storming of the US embassy in Tehran.

Three Iranian

journalists, Farhad Fooladi,

Behnam Nikzad, and Nafiseh Zare Kohan are also reported arrested.

"We are deeply concerned about

Kroghsgaard and the three Iranian

journalists," said Aidan

White, IFJ General Secretary. "We call on the authorities to

identify their whereabouts and to release them immediately."

Niels Kroghsgaard is a Danish

student of journalism who was in Tehran

to prepare a media project for his graduation. He is also a member of the

student section of the Danish Union of Journalists.

"I firmly demand the Iranian authorities to release the arrested

journalists, and from the Danish Union we will do all what's needed to get

Kroghsgaard released and back to Denmark,"

said Mogens Blicher Bjerregar, President of the Danish Union of Journalists.

Farhad Fooladi, Iranian journalist working for French News Agency, Behnam Nikzad, freelance journalist for a news

website in Tabriz

city, and Nafiseh Zare Kohan freelance journalist are also all believed to have

been arrested while covering the demonstrations.

The IFJ and its affiliates recently

launched an appeal to the authorities to protest against over forty Iranian journalists who were arrested during the

demonstrations in June and July, at least twenty of whom are still being held.

The IFJ is also demanding the re-opening of the offices of its affiliate, the

Association of Iranian Journalists,

closed by the General Prosecutor on the 5th August.



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