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Iran condemns arrest, beating of reporter by US forces in Afghanistan

Tehran, Oct 9, IRNA - Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Ali Hosseini here on Tuesday strongly condemned the arrest and beating up by US forces in Afghanistan of the Iranian English Press TV channel reporter in Kabul Faez Khorshid.

Speaking to reporters, he called the move as inhuman which runs counter to the principle of freedom of press and free flow of news and information.

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Abduction, torture and arrest of a legal reporter who officially works for a newly-establish TV network engaged in reflection of realities and news, is considered as an inhuman behavior which runs counter to existing rules and regulations on freedom of reporters and free flow of information, Hosseini said.

It is vital to observe dignity of reporters under any circumstances but the Americans have once again proved that they pay no attention to this principle, he said.

The Americans do not want news and realities in Iraq and Afghanistan to be reflected, he said.

They try to limit people's access to official or military sources in order to cover up their heinous crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq and prevent free flow of information, he said.

The Americans have tried to win support of international community but to no avail, he said.

A reporter of Iranian English TV network 'Press TV' was arrested by the US security forces Sunday night in Kabul on his way home from office.

Faez Khorshid was freed after 18 hours while having bruises on the face showing he was beaten by the American soldiers.

Faez Khorshid in his latest report on presence of US forces in Afghanistan had accused US forces of being main cause of instability in the country.

US, intolerant of Iraq, Afghan news, Press TV

News Manager of Iranian English TV network 'Press TV' Saeed Tahami on Tuesday strongly condemned arrest by US forces in Afghanistan of reporter of the channel in Kabul.

"The US is intolerable of reflection of realities in Iraq and Afghanistan and that is why its forces are dealing violently with broad-minded reporters," he said.

Speaking to IRNA, he said the US committed inhuman crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan but they pretend they are restoring security and rights of people in those countries.

"The Americans have threatened Press TV local reporter to cut ties with the network otherwise they would create problems for him," Tahami said.

He said that the action runs counter to responsibility of the reporters who try to reflect realities of the international community.

He underlined that successful performance of the media like Press TV in reflection of realities in Iraq and Afghanistan is the root cause of the US fears and concerns.

Press TV has programs on eight satellite channels round the globe but since the US officials fear that their people might listen to Press TV, they send noises on the TV waves.

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