New York, July 13, 2009–The Iranian authorities have arrested six more journalists–cementing the country’s position as the world’s worst jailer of journalists–and sentenced another on Sunday to eight years in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.
A revolutionary court in Tehran convicted Saeed Matin-Pour
“We condemn the harsh sentence given to Saeed Matin-Pour on vague accusations and call on the court of appeal to overturn it,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator
At least 31 journalists, including those below, have been imprisoned since Iran held its June 12 presidential elections. At least six other journalists were in detention prior to the disputed elections. Of the journalists currently behind bars, 16 work primarily for print publications, four for online publications, two for television stations, eight are primarily bloggers, and an additional seven are freelancers or with unknown affiliations.
Among those detained is a freelance photographer for Getty Images, Majid Saeedi. “We at Getty Images are working toward his safe and quick release,” said the photo agency’s co-founder and CEO, Jonathan Klein, in a statement.
Since President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad won a disputed election, authorities have arrested thousands of protesters and dozens of journalists. Most of the detained
Below is a list of journalists whose detention has been independently verified by CPJ since its last published count on July 7.
Tohid Begi, photographer
DETAINED: July 9, 2009
The photographer for Mashrota News, affiliated with the defeated presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, was arrested by security agents near
Kave Muzzafari, blogger
DETAINED: July 9, 2009
Muhammad-Reza Yazdanpana, freelance, blogger
DETAINED: July 7, 2009
Yazdanpana, freelance journalist and blogger for Yazdanpana, was arrested on the way home on July 7, according to local news reports. He has worked for several reformists affiliated newspapers such as Sharq, Karguzaran, and Yas Nu.
Majid Saeedi, freelance photographer for Getty Images
DETAINED: July 10, 2009
Security agents arrested Saeedi, a well-known photographer with several reformist newspapers, at his home and took him to an unknown location, according to Getty Images.
Hangameh Shahidi , blogger
DETAINED: June 30, 2009
Sumaia Nusrati, Tehran Emrouz
DETAINED: June 21, 2009
Nusrati, a journalist with Tehran Emrouz and Hayat No, has been detained since June 21, according to local news reports. The details of her arrest remain unknown.
Editor’s note: The original version of this alert has been modified in the 4th paragraph to correct the number of journalists in detention after the June 12 election.