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Journalist contacts family, but no news on where he is being held

(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders expressed relief after obtaining proof that Shirko Jahani is still alive. He was given permission on 13 December 2006 to contact his mother and his wife. But the journalist, who sounded frail on the phone, was unable to give any information about his whereabouts.

"As long as secret detentions are frequently synonymous with torture and ill-treatment, we fear for the safety of Shirko Jahani and urge the Iranian authorities to demonstrate openness by providing fresh information about him," the worldwide press freedom organisation said.

The journalist's family, who lives in the north-west of the country, has made many calls to local prisons to try to find out where he is, but without success.

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