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Iranian Journalist 'Detained On Unclear Charges'

Source: RFE/RL

An Iranian journalist who writes for a reformist daily has been detained and taken to Tehran's Evin prison, her sister has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda.

Shahrzad Jafari told RFE/RL her sister Nushin "was arrested at home on February 4 at 2 a.m. by eight security officers. [They] confiscated her camera [and] computer case, as well as her writings."

She added that Jafari writes for the arts section of the "Etemad" daily and is not a political activist. "We have no idea why she was arrested or what the charge against her is," Shahrzad Jafari said.

However, she also said her sister had visited the campaign headquarters of former presidential candidate Mir Hossein Musavi around the time of the presidential election last June.

She said Jafari is being held in Section 209 of Evin prison, where many people arrested for political reasons are housed.

Since the election, the Iranian authorities have launched a crackdown on journalists and bloggers. Dozens of them have been arrested.

Iranian Union Leader Attacked In Prison
Source: RFE/RL

Mansour Osanlou

Mansour Osanlou, the leader of Tehran's municipal bus service union, was reportedly assaulted by an inmate in an Iranian prison, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

The trade unionist was not injured in the attack, which occurred at Gohardasht prison in Karaj, west of Tehran, on February 22. Osanlou was arrested in July 2007 after being abducted on the street by security forces.

He is serving a five-year prison term for what authorities say was acting against "national security." He had been detained several times between 2005-2007.

Canadian-based labor activist Mehdi Kouhestaninejad told RFE/RL that Osanlou has been persecuted in prison by fellow inmates on several occasions.

But he said prison guards "turn a blind eye to these incidents and no committee is assigned to investigate them."

Kouhestaninejad added that authorities are trying to intimidate labor activists by arresting, detaining, and firing them. In recent weeks Iranian trade unions have issued statements condemning the crackdown on labor activists and demanding their release from prison.

The crackdown follows labor protests throughout the country in recent months, many focused on the problem of many months of unpaid salaries.



Copyright (c) 2010 RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036.

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