New York, September 8, 2009—Iranian authorities arrested one journalist today while security forces summoned at least 15 who were among the signatories of a recent petition demanding the release of detained journalists, local press reported.
Morteza Alviri, a journalist aligned with defeated
presidential candidate Mehdi Karroubi, was arrested by judiciary agents at his
home today, local press reported.
His arrest came hours after security agents shut down Karroubi’s offices in
More than 300 Iranian journalists sent a petition to Tehran’s
recently appointed prosecutor, Abbas Jafari
Dowlatabadi, on Saturday calling for the release of journalists who have
been detained following the country’s disputed June 12 presidential elections, local
The group called on Dowlatabadi also to lift
the ban on suspended news outlets and reopen the office of the Association of
Iranian Journalists, which was shut
down on August 5 at the request of former
At least 15 journalists who signed the petition were
notified by security forces to appear at the Ministry of
“Iranian authorities have taken all measures to silence
critical voices since the country held the June 12 elections,” said CPJ Middle
East and North Africa Program Coordinator
Around 400 people, among them dozens of journalists, remain
in Iranian prisons since the crackdown, according to the New York-based International
Campaign for Human rights in Iran.
Around 400 people, among them dozens of journalists, remain in Iranian prisons since the crackdown, according to the New York-based International Campaign for Human rights in Iran.