International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) today accused the Iranian authorities of a media witch hunt as journalists
flee the country or are in hiding after the closure of several newspapers and
the continued shutdown of the Association of Iranian
is no let-up on the harassment of media in Iran,"
said Aidan White, IFJ General
Secretary. "Independent journalists are in flight for their own safety and the
independent media sector is under siege."
to reliable reports, up to six newspapers have been closed since controversial
presidential elections in June and at least 18 journalists remain in prison.
Many more continue to flee the country and others, including the President of
the AoIJ, Rajabali Mazrooei, are in hiding
and fearing arrest.
Association of Iranian Journalists
(AoIJ), an IFJ affiliate, says it has applied to the authorities in Tehran to reopen their office,
but their appeal has so far made no progress.
An IFJ regional meeting which
brought together 15 union members in the Middle East and the Arab World held in
Amman from 5-7 October adopted a strong
resolution calling for end of media clampdown in Iran.
The statement from union
leaders in the region said:
‘'We note with dismay the
deterioration of conditions in Iran,
where the journalists' association was closed and dozens of journalists
detained while others were forced to flee the country.
"The meeting expresses full
solidarity with Iranian colleagues and calls on the Iranian
authorities to lift the siege on the offices of the Iranian
Association of Journalists and to release all journalists and to end harassment."
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