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Six more Iranian journalists arrested in north following unrest over cartoon


Reporters Without Borders today called for the release of six journalists who have been detained in northern Iran in the past eight days as result of unrest among members of the Azeri ethnic minority that was sparked by the publication of a controversial cartoon.

Vahid Dargahi, the editor of the weekly Avay Ardabil, Ali Nazari, the editor of the weekly Araz, and Reza Kazemi, its manging editor, were arrested on the street on 27 May. Their families have received no word of them since their arrest and it is not known what they are charged with.

The managing editor of Shams Tabriz, a newspaper that was closed down in 2000, was arrested on 28 May. He had been writing for other local newspapers. His website has been suspended since the day of his arrest.

Orouj Amiri and Amin Movahedi were arrested on 25 and 26 May following a demonstration by members of the Azeri minority against the government in Tehran.

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