New York, August 5, 2009--The Committee to Protect Journalists called today for the release of three Americans--one of whom is a journalist--who were arrested on July 31 in Iran. The three have been charged with illegally entering the country.
The New York Times quoted
an Iranian security official as saying that the Americans have been arrested
for "illegal entry" into
Among the three is Shane Bauer, a photojournalist who lives
Sandy Close, executive director of the San Francisco-based Pacific News Service, told The Associated Press that Bauer had planned to cover post-election events in the Kurdish region.