New York, August 4, 2009--Five journalists have been released in
Authorities released freelance
journalist Massoud Kurdpour on Monday after he completed a one-year jail term
in Mahabad Central Prison in northwestern
Also released was Ali-Reza Beheshti, editor-in-chief of Kalameh Sabz, a newspaper affiliated with defeated presidential candidate Mir-Hossein Mousavi, a local journalist told CPJ. He was arrested on June 22, hours after security agents detained about 25 staffers from his paper; most of them were let go after a week. Two other journalists who were never identified were released at a later date.
Kambiz Nouroozi, director of legal affairs at the Association of Iranian Journalists, was freed in late July. He was initially arrested on June 28.
"We are pleased that five
journalists have been released from prison in
CPJ has confirmed the arrest of two other journalists, who were detained
soon after the elections. Fatemeh Khavari, director of the weekly
newspaper Chragh, was arrested on June 22, according to press reports. Omid
Selimi, a photographer who worked for Nesf e Jehan newspaper in Esfahan,
was arrested on June 14 after he was summoned to the Revolutionary Guards'
office to pick up belongings that had been confiscated during an earlier
to Human Rights and Democracy Activists in
In another development, on July 31, Iranian forces detained three Americans who were hiking in a resort area on the Iran-Iraq border in Iraqi Kurdistan. The detainees are Shane Bauer, a freelance journalist, Sarah Shroud, a writer and teacher, and environmentalist Joshua Fattal, according to international news reports. Bauer is a Damascus-based correspondent for New America Media in San Francisco.