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International Federation of Journalists calls for release of jailed journalists in Iran

According to reports by Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), the Brussels-based International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) in a statement Friday announced its support for the Association of Iranian Journalists in what is said was "their struggle for press freedom."

"Our colleagues in Tehran are in the frontline of a battle for fundamental rights," said Aidan White, IFJ general secretary.

"In recent weeks, the authorities have targeted film publications and Internet journalism. The Internet has become an important resource for journalists," it said.

The IFJ said recent cases of arrest include Alireza Eshraqi, Ghassem Shoele Saadi, Mohammad Abdi, Amir Ezzati, Kambiz Kaheh, Saeed Mostaghassi and Sepideh Abr-Aviz.

"Those who are held should be freed and charges against writers and journalists should be dropped," said White.

The IFJ, said to be the world's largest journalists' organization, represents over 500,000 journalists in more than 100 countries.

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