IFJ: Crackdown On Media In Iran Continues
The International Federation
of Journalists (IFJ) is deeply concerned by news journalists in Iran have
been placed under more pressure by government statements that imply journalists
who travel overseas are engaged in spying.
According to IFJ affiliate,
the Association of Iranian Journalists (AIJ), the Minister of Information
released a statement this week which said the government’s intelligence service
had found the West was recruiting journalists, students and workers for spying,
by sending them overseas under the guise of research or study.
has said this will put more pressure on journalists as any foreign trips could
make them targets for accusations of spying.
“This sort of underhanded
pressure from the government of Iran is particularly worrying in light of the
recent closures of newspapers and increased crackdown on media,” IFJ President
Christopher Warren said.
The Shargh daily newspaper was
reportedly banned on September 11, adding to the ever-increasing list of banned
publications in Iran and leaving many journalists jobless.
The AIJ held
a meeting on September 19 protesting the recent closures of newspapers.
“These recent incidents demonstrate Tehran’s distaste for freedom of
speech, and its unacceptable methods for dealing with independent voices in the
media,” IFJ President Christopher Warren said.
“Media workers all over
Iran continue to face strict censorship, intimidation and often imprisonment for
nothing more than doing their job,” he said.
“We call on the government
of Iran to implement safeguards for journalists and press freedom and to
immediately release all journalists jailed for their reporting,” Warren said.
The IFJ, the organisation representing more than 500,000 journalists in
over 115 countries, stands in solidarity with Iranian journalists in their
struggle for press freedom and editorial independence.
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