Iran: NUJ joins IFJ in calling for the release of all detained journalists

  • 15 Sep 2023

A year on from Mahsa Amini’s death and protests in Iran, several journalists remain imprisoned in the country.

The National Union of Journalists has joined the International Federation of Journalists in condemning the ongoing media crackdown and attacks against journalists in Iran.

16 September marks the one year anniversary of Mahsa Amini’s death in police custody, and the start of widespread protests resulting in the imprisonment of both journalists and protestors. A new IFJ report details that at least 100 journalists have been arrested and held in prison over the past year, with many receiving disproportionate sentences or forced to leave their jobs.

Over 110 journalists have also been summoned by judiciary authorities and security forces to interrogations - a practice that has increased significantly since September 2022.

The NUJ and IFJ have been vocal in its condemnation of the treatment of journalists by Iranian authorities, calling for the immediate release of all those wrongly imprisoned. Despite this, six journalists Niloofar Hamedi, Elahe Mohammadi, Rebawa Saidmohamadi, Kamyar Fakoor, Ali Moslehi and Vida Rabani remain in prison.

The Association of Iranian Journalists has called for a secure, free flow of information and for the persecution of journalists to end. At least 20 media workers are exiled due to arrests, summonses and long term prison sentences.

Read the IFJ’s report in Arabic.

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