Omid Tahan-Bidhendi

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Iranian security forces arrested Iranian journalist Omid Tahan-Bidhendi on October 4, 2022.

Tahan-Bidhendi is a freelance reporter who formerly reported for the state-run Mehr News Agency. 

He was arrested from his home in Tehran after midnight on October 4, according to Journalism Is Not A Crime, an exile-run website reporting on journalists. Exile-run IranWire also reported on his arrest. 

CPJ was unable to determine where Tahan-Bidhendi is held, whether he faces charges, or the status of his health in prison. 

Tahan-Bidhendi was detained in the course of a crackdown on protests following the September 16 death of a 22-year-old woman, Mahsa Amini, after morality police arrested her for allegedly violating the country’s conservative dress law. Authorities arrested dozens of journalists as the protests over Amini’s death spread across the country. Several were later released on bail. 

CPJ emailed Iran’s mission to the United Nations in late 2022 for comment on the cases of imprisoned Iranian journalists but received no response.