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Iran bars BBC staff and contributors from selling property

August 15, 2017 4:24 PM ET

Washington, D.C., August 15, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately reverse an order banning 152 journalists and media workers with the BBC's Persian service from buying or selling assets, cease harassing BBC journalists, and lift their ban on the station, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran targets Telegram app as it seeks to control news ahead of May election

May 15, 2017 5:26 PM ET

Iran has a history of cracking down on the independent press ahead of elections, with authorities arresting journalists and forcing reformist outlets to shut down. As Iranians prepare to vote in presidential and city council elections on May 19, authorities have turned their attention to Telegram, arresting several channel...

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Iran frees Issa Saharkhiz then sentences him to one year in jail

April 28, 2017 3:29 PM ET

New York, April 28, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately drop all charges against freelance journalist Issa Saharkhiz, who was sentenced yesterday to one year in prison, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The sentence was handed down the day after Saharkhiz was released from jail on a separate charge,...

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Iranian editor, social media moderator detained

March 28, 2017 4:20 PM ET

Security forces arrested Morad Saghafi from his home in Tehran on March 16, 2017, according to the official ILNA news agency, but to date have not made public any charges against him or the reason for his arrest. Saghafi is the editor of Goftegoo Magazine, which focuses on culture and...

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CPJ joins call to renew mandate of Iran human rights rapporteur

March 16, 2017 10:39 AM ET

The Committee to Protect Journalists today joined 40 human rights groups calling on the U.N. Human Rights Council to support the resolution to renew the mandate of the U.N. Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran. A vote on the resolution is...

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Iranian journalists arrested ahead of elections

March 15, 2017 9:19 AM ET

New York, March 15, 2017--Iranian authorities should immediately release Ehsan Mazandarani, Hengameh Shahidi, and all journalists jailed for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The arrests come ahead of presidential elections scheduled for May....

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Iranian editor held months without access to lawyer

March 7, 2017 1:02 PM ET

Iranian security forces raided the home of Tahereh Riahi, social affairs editor at Iran's government-funded Borna News Agency, and detained her on December 27, 2016, according to media reports and human rights groups. Two months after her arrest, the journalist was still held in Evin Prison near Tehran....

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Turkey's crackdown propels number of journalists in jail worldwide to record high

December 13, 2016 12:00 AM ET

At least 81 journalists are imprisoned in Turkey, all of them facing anti-state charges, in the wake of an unprecedented crackdown that has included the shuttering of more than 100 news outlets. The 259 journalists in jail worldwide is the highest number recorded since 1990. A CPJ special report by...

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Two journalists arrested in Iran

September 22, 2016 5:57 PM ET

New York, September 22, 2016 - Iranian authorities should immediately release two reformist journalists arrested in recent days and stop jailing the media for doing their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. At the time of his arrest, pro-government media described Sadra Mohaqeq, the editor of the...

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Why proposed bill could mean the end of independent journalism in Iran

September 12, 2016 4:45 PM ET

The Iranian government will address the United Nation's General Assembly this month for the last time before President Hassan Rouhani seeks re-election next year. The international appearance would be a good chance for Rouhani's administration to discuss its record in office....

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