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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