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Iranian newspaper editor Iraj Jamshidi freed on bail

Source: Reporters Without Borders

Iraj Jamshidi, the editor in chief of the business daily Asia, was freed yesterday (August 2, 2004) by the 36th division of the Tehran revolutionary court after his family paid bail of 450 millions tomans (about 440,000 euros). He had been detained for nearly 13 months.

Jamshidi and his wife, Saghi Baghernia, the newspaper's managing editor, were arrested on a charge of "propaganda against the regime" on 6 July 2003, a day after they ran a photo of People's Mujahideen leader Maryam Rajavi. The newspaper was immediately closed down at the behest of Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi and the homes and offices of its journalists were searched.

Baghernia was freed after being held overnight but Jamshidi was kept in solitary confinement in an unidentified location for 200 days, and was barred from receiving visits from his family or lawyers for many months.

When his trial opened on 6 February, his lawyer was not present and was not given a copy of the prosecutor's allegations until the following day. Jamshidi was accused of "acting against national security" and "spying by passing information to western secret services through foreign media." When the trial ended on 14 July, no verdict was made public.

Jamshidi's name also appears on a black-list of journalists meant to be barred from working that was compiled by the Tehran prosecutor.

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