A newspaper cover picture of Mahsa Amini, whose death while in the custody of Iran’s morality police triggered mass protests across the country, is seen in Tehran, Iran September 18, 2022. Majid Asgaripour (West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

Iran protests: At least 28 journalists arrested amid nationwide anti-government protests

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As of Thursday, CPJ has documented the arrests of at least 28 journalists in Iran during nationwide protests over the September 16 death in custody of 22-year old Mahsa Amini. Earlier in the week, CPJ called on Iranian authorities to end their crackdown on journalists and release all those arrested for covering the protests. CPJ has also called for the Iranian government to restore internet access in the country.

In a feature published Thursday, CPJ senior researcher Yeganeh Rezaian, who spent 72 days in solitary confinement while an accredited journalist in Iran in 2014, discusses the implications of the latest developments in the country. The environment is “very stifling,” Rezaian says, “but female journalists, like other women in society, have been undeterred by the threats of reprisal from authorities. It’s one of the reasons that this moment feels different.” Read the full Q&A on CPJ’s website.

Watch and share CPJ’s video about the unfolding situation in the country, and find the latest arrest numbers on CPJ’s homepage.

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CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg speaks on a panel at a United Nations General Assembly side event. Panelists from left: Jodie Ginbserg; Roman Anin, co-founder of iStories; Jan Lipavsky, minister of foreign affairs of the Czech Republic; Catherine Amirfar and Can Yeginsu, deputy chairs of the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom. (YouTube/High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom)

On September 22, CPJ President Jodie Ginsberg participated in a United Nations General Assembly side event organized by the Czech Republic Mission to the UN and the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom. In the event, titled “Providing Safe Refuge to Journalists at Risk in an Increasingly Dangerous World,” Ginsberg stressed the importance of emergency visas for journalists in distress.

“We know from 40 years of work that being able to find safe refuge…a mechanism to leave a dangerous country, is vital, not only for the survival of journalists, but actually for journalism,” Ginsberg said.

Read CPJ’s coverage of the event on Twitter and watch the full panel discussion on YouTube.

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