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Amid coronavirus pandemic, Iran covers up crucial information and threatens journalists

March 20, 2020 12:53 PM ET

In recent months, the stability of the Iranian government has been threatened by widespread protests in late 2019 and the shooting down of a Ukrainian civilian aircraft in January 2020 amid heightened tensions with the U.S. The latest threat is the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit Iran harder than...

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To cement internet control, Iran helps journalists get online

March 2, 2020 1:21 PM ET

In early 2020, a journalist in Iran received a form from Iran’s National E-commerce Union, a nominally independent group that is close to the government, requesting their name, the news website they work for, and their IP address. “With all due respect,” it read, “provide the following information to...

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Iranian authorities detain journalist Mohammad Mosaed again for social media posts

February 27, 2020 3:44 PM ET

On February 22, 2020, intelligence agents of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) arrested and interrogated freelance economic reporter Mohammad Mosaed for several hours over recent social media posts critical of the government and suspended his social media accounts, according to a brief interview he had with the BBC...

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Iran harasses, intimidates journalists ahead of parliamentary elections

February 20, 2020 5:18 PM ET

Elections are always problematic for journalists in Iran, as the government attempts to threaten the press into silence. The parliamentary elections on February 21 are no exception....

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Iranian intelligence agents raid homes of 4 journalists, confiscate equipment

February 5, 2020 12:27 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 5, 2020 -- Iranian authorities should cease raiding journalists’ homes and should return all material confiscated in recent raids, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iran finds 3 editors guilty of defamation and spreading false news

February 3, 2020 4:11 PM ET

Washington, D.C., February 3, 2020 – Iranian authorities should immediately drop the false news and defamation charges against the editors of three news outlets, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist extradited from Turkey and sentenced to 10 years in Iran

December 18, 2019 11:09 AM ET

Turkish intelligence agents arrested Arash Shoa-Shargh, an Iranian journalist living in exile in Turkey, on January 5, 2018, in Van, a city near Iran’s border, a friend of the journalist, who asked not to be named to protect their safety, told CPJ on December 16, 2019....

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Iranian journalist imprisoned, fired, and forced into exile over a single word

December 11, 2019 12:00 AM ET

In October 2018, authorities arrested Pouyan Khoshhal as he drove through the northern Iranian city of Rasht, by the Caspian Sea. The reason for the journalist’s arrest: his use of the word “death” instead of “martyrdom” to describe a Shiite saint in an article for the reformist newspaper Ebtekar....

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Iranian authorities arrest journalist Mohammad Mosaed for tweets amid internet shutdown

November 25, 2019 4:30 PM ET

Washington, D.C., November 25, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately release journalist Mohammad Mosaed and drop any charges against him, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Iranian government cuts internet access nationwide amid protests

November 20, 2019 5:25 PM ET

Washington, D.C., November 20, 2019 -- Iranian authorities should immediately restore internet access throughout the country and allow information to flow freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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