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Concern over situation of detained Iranian journalists


Source: Radio Zamaneh

A source close to detained Iranian journalist Amirali Allamehzadeh says he is increasingly concerned about the prisoner's well-being.

Amirali Allamehzadeh

The unidentified source told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran on Monday that Allamehzadeh has been allowed only one family visit since his arrest. He added: "The officials forbade them at the meeting to discuss anything regarding his case, the nature of his interrogations or where he is being held."

Allamehzadeh is reportedly being held in section 2-Aleph of Evin Prison, which is the section supervised by the Revolutionary Guards. The charges against the detained journalist have not been announced yet.

According to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, detainees in section 2-Aleph have often been subjected to beatings and torture so that they'll confess to fabricated charges.

Allamehzadeh was arrested on September 18 in Tehran through a warrant issued by the Media and Culture Court.

The International Campaign's report adds that Allamehzadeh has not been allowed a defence attorney, and the source indicates that the detained journalist may be undergoing torture so that he'll make a false confession.

In recent weeks, several journalists have been arrested in Tehran and other cities in a new wave of a government crackdown on Iranian media activists.

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