New York, July 31, 2009--
The Iranian News Agency (IRNA) reported Thursday that Jafar Panahi was released immediately after he was arrested because of an unspecified "misunderstanding."
The three filmmakers were detained Thursday when thousands
of people gathered to commemorate the killing of a protester shot in the aftermath
of the disputed June 12 elections, according to international news reports. Police
arrested filmmakers Panahi, Mahnaz Mohammadi, and Rookhsare Ghaemghami during a
"We are discouraged by the limited information coming out of
Meanwhile, CPJ has confirmed that three journalists have been released. Muhammad-Reza Yazdanpana, a freelance journalist and blogger, was released on Saturday after spending 18 days in prison, according Parleman News, a local Web site. Tohid Begi, a photographer with the online newspaper Mashrota, which is affiliated with the presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, was freed on bail July 22 after 11 days in prison, according to local news reports. Mujtaba Tehrani, a journalist with Itmad Milli, which is also affiliated with Karroubi, was let go on bail on July 22. He was arrested on June 27, according to CPJ research.
With 39 journalists behind bars,