Iran: 26 journalists confirmed arrested

Reporters Without Borders says three more arrests in Iran today brings the total confirmed number of journalists and bloggers picked up and imprisoned since the recent presidential election to 26.
A crackdown against journalists and cyber-dissidents is continuing in Iran with both Iranian and foreign journalists caught in the eye of the post-election storm, Reporters Without Borders said. Among the latest arrests was that of a correspondent for the US magazine Newsweek, Maziar Bahari, picked up at his home in Tehran on 21 June.

"The authorities are using all possible methods to drive foreign journalists out of Iran, where they are unwanted witnesses to bloody repression," the worldwide press freedom organisation said. "The arrest of the Newsweek correspondent is a clear sign of the regime's determination to intimidate journalists whether Iranian or foreign, local or international newspaper correspondents."

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  1. western governments are quick to judge iran with hypocrisy, what is the patriot act, what is the removal of Habeas corpus, warrant-less wire-tapping, cross border extraordinary rendition/kidnapping, confirmed illegal torture!

    who supplied the nukes to israel & why won’t israel let weapon inspectors in while western companies continue to sell or give free in the guise of aid, weapons?

    Iran was a democracy until the CIA & MI5 installed a fascist dictator that would give them Iran’s oil, now Iran’s oil has been nationalised with the western companies booted out i wonder why there is so much propaganda?

    Noam Chomsky on U.S. policy towards Iran

    Noam Chomsky on Iran Part 1

    1. ukcannonfodder and neon tooth,

      It is perfectly obvious to me and all right-thinking people that you are agents of the Iranian government. No sane person could possibly believe that you’re actually expressing your own opinions. There is no explanation consistent with the laws of physics but that you are paid provocateurs. It is well known that the Iranian government is attempting to suppress right speech on the internet, so therefore, you must be immediately dismissed as subversive astroturfers.

      Gets a bit old doesn’t it, being told that your opinions aren’t real? Lucky for you that you’re not dying for yours. Maybe you should give the Iranian people a little credit. Your attitudes are patronizing. They’re also off-topic.

  2. It’s possible that the Iranian elections represent a cynical coup by the religious establishment in Iran (as the Western media mostly suggest). It’s possible that the protests are a US-sponsored ‘color’ revolution (as the Iranian authorities claim). It’s even possible that both are the case.

    But whatever the case may be, it does seem clear that peaceful protests are being met with disproportionate force, that arbitrary arrests and detentions are occurring, and that the Iranian government is doing whatever it can to silence ‘contrary’ voices, whether by gagging or detaining reporters or by restricting electronic communications. And that’s something that the international community has both a right and a duty to speak out against.

  3. Why have all the photos I’ve seen in the Western press featured protesters holding signs written in English? Are they trying to appeal to Iranians or the English-speaking world?

    It reminds me of the guys that flew Mexican flags during the immigrations protests a couple years back. Their message was self-defeating.

    1. Anonymous,

      There’s a considerable number of Iranians who have fled the totalitarian religious state in the last three decades. There are many Iranians living in the US, and the younger ones don’t necessarily read Farsi.

  4. Seems to me the ME is too important for Western gubmints to allow unmediated news to reach us plebs. How on earth anyone not living in Iran is meant to know what is going on there is impossible to say. Of course, that said, I’ll not be packing up and looking for work over there any time soon.

  5. Gets a bit old doesn’t it, being told that your opinions aren’t real? Lucky for you that you’re not dying for yours. Maybe you should give the Iranian people a little credit. Your attitudes are patronizing. They’re also off-topic.

    Doesn’t really mesh with this:

    The protests in Tehran no doubt have many sincere participants. The protests also have the hallmarks of the CIA orchestrated protests in Georgia and Ukraine.

    You were saying? Anyway, sorry to be off topic, no more posts in this discussion, I promise.

    Besides, I think Bjork’s about to play and say something about freedom now anyway….

  6. @Neon,

    The protests in Tehran no doubt have many sincere participants. The protests also have the hallmarks of the CIA orchestrated protests in Georgia and Ukraine.

    Evidence? I do not mean some agitprop site rantings and speculations but primary evidence of a CIA plot.

  7. It’s unraveling, folks. The cookies are burning.
    (thank god–or…whoever) The world’s in for it- “You can fool some of the people some of the time–etc. etc. “

  8. You know what? Even if the CIA and Mossad and NSA and whatever other agency-du-jour were involved, I wouldn’t give a toss.

    Progressive movements have always been helped, one way or the other, by “foreign interests” — France funded those pesky American anti-monarchists, England helped Italian patriots, etc etc etc… so what? They mostly turned out to be good and necessary steps toward better political systems in the region.

    So hey, if CIA is lighting the fires here, well, better for the protesters, they might actually have a chance to win the fight for a better political system for the future of Persia.

  9. I also feel compelled to comment on, “hallmarks of the CIA orchestrated protests in Georgia and Ukraine”. By itself, it is not very convincing. Trying phrasing it as, “hallmarks of (CIA | Iranian | Hezbollah | NSA | Quds | Russian | Basij | BofA | Space Alien | Chinese | North Korean | Mossad | anyone-else-you-want-to-slander | Brittany Spears) orchestrated protests in Georgia and Ukraine”. Nope, it’s even less convincing this way, well, except for that Spears chick, you’ve really got to keep on eye on her.

  10. @ 4

    lol. i am a white british male who is not fooled by the mass media propaganda. even the bbc had to retract a story where they manipulated the images of Ahmadinejad supporters to make them look like Mousavi supporters.

    Now did the BBC or Getty pictures manipulate them?

    Down with the cabal of controlling kleptocrats, ala the oil / water / diamond / gold / natural gas / outsourcing slave labour cartels/corporations.

    about the bbc:

  11. I’m sure the CIA is trying to get their paws in there any way they can. But I highly doubt that these protests are driven by the CIA. Internally, a lot of iranians have cause to want Mousavi instead of Ahmadinejad.

    Mousavi said he wanted to allow privately owned television stations (currently all state owned), to transfer the control of law enforcement from the Supreme Leader to the President (the president is elected, the Supreme Leader is not), to dismantle Iran’s “Moral Police”, to review any laws that discriminate against women, to boost Iran’s international standing by reducing tension with other nations.

    Human Rights Watch reports that human rights in Iran have deteriorated since Ahmadinejad became president. Prisoners are tortured. Prisoners are held in secret prisons. They also report that Ahmadinejad shows no tolerance for peaceful protests and gatherings.

    In 2006, Ahmadinejad forced numerous scientists and professors to resign or retire. It has been referred to as “second cultural revolution”. In December 2006, students protested Ahmadinejad during a speech he was giving at a university, shouting “Death to the dictator”, burning pictures of Ahmadinejad, and setting off firecrackers.

    Ahmadinejad has been accused of corruption, mismanagement, and discrimination.

    This isn’t to say that Mousavi is the perfect candidate, but he seems to have the possibility of improving conditions in Iran.

    And there’s always the economy. Iran’s economy has been tanking, and that is always bad for the encumbent government.

    Saying this is all just CIA shenanigans seems to have a lot of tinfoil and little reality.

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