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7/30/03

MPs call for pursing release of Iranian film producers in Iraq

Some 162 MPs in a letter addressed to President Mohammad Khatami on Wednesday called for follow-up on release of Iranian documentary film producers who are currently in custody of the American troops in Iraq, IRNA reported from Tehran.

Two Iranian documentary film directors of the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting (IRIB) second channel, Sa'id Aboutaleb, and Soheil Karimi, who left for Iraq on June 12 to make a film on the life of Iraqi people, along with their driver and interpreter were arrested by the US forces on July 1.

The letter, which was read out in Majlis open session on Wednesday, said that the invading forces in Iraq have practically blocked free flow of the information by their regretfully violent approach towards the media correspondents.

"By murdering and harassing journalists, they have proved that they have acted contrary to their claimed democracy and against international laws," it added.

The letter further referred to the arrest of two Iranian film directors as a blatant violation of democracy and freedom.

Turning to the protest of a great number of Iranian writers and graduates to the measure, they called on President Khatami to issue the order for the serious follow-up of the case by the Foreign Ministry to release the Iranian correspondents detained by American troops.

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