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Iranian journalists committee sends letter to Iraqi PM

Tehran, Aug 23, IRNA -- The special parliamentary journalists committee in an open letter to Iraqi Prime Minister Ayad Allawi on Monday condemned the arrest of an Iranian journalist in Iraq.

Some 39 parliamentary correspondents selected seven journalists as members of an ad hoc committee to follow up the case of the IRNA correspondent arrested in Baghdad and his local colleagues.

The IRNA correspondent in Baghdad, Mostafa Darban, and his two Iraqi colleagues, Mohammad Khafaji and Mohsen Madani, were arrested by Iraqi police on August 9 and are being held at the Iraqi Interior Ministry.

Meanwhile, Fereydoun Jahani, an experienced diplomat with the Iranian Foreign Ministry, was abducted on August 4 by unknown men on his way to Karbala to head Iran's consular mission there. No report has been released on his whereabouts.

The letter, which was issued on the sidelines of an open session of Majlis this morning, termed the Iraqi interim government as responsible for security and life of Darban.

The letter further urged the Iraqi government to make efforts for urgent release of Darban and his colleagues.

In a related development, the special parliamentary journalists committee conferred with head of the Majlis press and journalists faction Hossein Noushabadi Monday morning.

Lauding efforts made by the committee for release of the IRNA correspondent in Baghdad, Noushabadi said arrest of Darban is against both human rights and democratic principles.

He said members of the faction would do all within their power to have the detained Iranian nationals released without further delay.

During the meeting, the committee members said that they would follow up the case of urgent release of Darban through legal channels.

In line with efforts to release the detained Iranian nationals in Iraq, The committee has called on all mass media reporters to join protest gatherings in front of the UN headquarters and the Iraqi embassy in Tehran on Saturday, August 28.

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