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3 August 2012 |

Human rights defender and journalist Nargess Mohammadi released

PEN International continues to call for all charges against Nargess Mohammadi to be quashed
13 July 2012 |

Authorities prohibit news coverage of economic sanctions

In separate incidents, at least three journalists have been imprisoned over the last month.
12 July 2012 |

Judiciary urged to quash execution orders against five activists

"What we are witnessing today in Khuzestan province is state-sanctioned killing that . . . is aimed at silencing voices that are critical of the government's policies in the region," Human Rights Watch said.
10 July 2012 |

Lives of several imprisoned journalists, bloggers in danger

RSF calls for the immediate and unconditional release of journalists and bloggers arrested for reporting news and information, a legitimate activity, or for exercising their right to free expression.
29 June 2012 |

Islamic Republic internationalises crackdown on dissent

Ten bloggers were recently arrested and families of bloggers living abroad have been taken as hostages and harassed as punishment for their relatives' criticism.
28 June 2012 |

Journalist's health deteriorating in prison

Nargess Mohammadi is being held in an overcrowded prison in the town of Zanjan, and relatives reported that her condition has deteriorated so much that can barely recognize her.
25 June 2012 |

Authorities urged to reveal fate of Arab minority activists

Security forces arrested the activists following anti-government protests in several towns across the country’s Arab-majority Khuzestan province on or after April 15, 2011.
21 June 2012 |

Concern about journalist missing in Iraqi Kurdistan

Mouloud Anfand, the editor of the controversial magazine Kurd-Israel, has been missing since 9 June in Iraq’s northern Kurdistan region.
13 June 2012 |

Two members of the Iranian Writers Association imprisoned

Manijeh Najm Eraghi was arrested on 3 June 2012 after being summoned by Tehran's State Security police, and transferred to Evin Prison to serve out a one-year prison sentence.
23 May 2012 |

Two Azerbaijani writers missing

The journalists attended a presentation in Tehran and were arrested as they were on their way home.
10 May 2012 |

Harassment of journalists and media ongoing

Harassment of journalists and media ongoing Over the course of two weeks, two journalists were arrested to begin serving previously imposed jail sentences and a third was sentenced to 25 lashes, while a monthly was suspended for two months.
29 April 2012 |

Elderly revolutionary icon sentenced to eight years in jail

Eighty-year-old Ebrahim Yazdi, who suffers from cancer and a heart condition, was convicted for exercising his right to freedom of speech.
25 April 2012 |

Journalist arrested, government decrees new media controls

Narges Mohammadi, whose health is deteriorating, was arrested and has begun to serve her six-year prison sentence.
20 April 2012 |

Mounting concerns for translator Mohammad Soleimani Nia

Mounting concerns for translator Mohammad Soleimani Nia The literary translator has been held without charge since 10 January 2012, and is said to be in a fragile condition after having started a hunger strike on 2 April.
18 April 2012 |

Regime continues to crack down on press

Reyhaneh Tabatabaie was sentenced to a one-year prison term on April 2 for alleged "propaganda against the state" and "weakening the pillars of the Islamic Republic," for her reporting on the arrest of political prisoners after the 2009 presidential election.
30 March 2012 |

Reuters' accreditation suspended by Tehran over erroneous headline

Despite the agency's acknowledgement of the mistake and “tak[ing] appropriate steps to prevent a recurrence", the authorities revoked the press cards of all of its staff.
30 March 2012 |

Another journalist arrested as crackdown on press continues

Security forces arrested Tahmineh Monzavi on 19 February from her workplace in Tehran but have yet to disclose her whereabouts, legal status, or health condition.
28 March 2012 |

Authorities attempt to silence international broadcasts

International broadcasters including the BBC, Deutsche Welle and Voice of America have all recently highlighted deliberate electronic interference by the authorities that is affecting their broadcasts.
6 March 2012 |

Human rights lawyer sentenced to 18 years in jail

One of the founders of the Centre for Human Rights Defenders, Abdolfattah Soltani was arrested on 10 September 2011 during a raid by plain-clothes officials from the intelligence ministry.
1 March 2012 |

Authorities clamp down on press coverage as election day looms

Amidst an all-out censorship on the media, the weekly "Hadiss Ghazvin" was charged with "publishing false information with the aim of upsetting public opinion."

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