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02/28/12

Two imprisoned Iranian journalists and a blogger released

Source: Radio Zamaneh

Jailed Iranian journalist Sahameddin Bourghani and detained poet and blogger Nama Jafari were released on bail on Monday by Islamic Republic authorities.


Nama Jafari - Sahameddin Bourghani

The Kaleme opposition website reports that Bourghani was released after 40 days in jail. He reportedly had been held in solitary confinement for close to a month and was under pressure to admit to allegations of collaborating with Persian BBC, which the Islamic Republic has equated with espionage in recent months.


Sahameddin Bourghani

The RAHANA website also reports that Nama Jafari, the editor-in-chief of 35anj website, has also been released on bail after two weeks in custody.

Jafari was arrested on February 14, when protesters were rallied to join a march of silence to protest the continued house arrest of Iran's opposition leaders and the plight of other political prisoners.

Reports indicate that many detainees from February 14 were released late that night, but some who were suspected of organizing chants and slogans are still in custody in an undetermined state.

Detained journalist released on bail

Marzieh Rasouli, a jailed Iranian journalist, was released on Monday in Tehran. Neday Sabz Azadi reports that Rasouli was released on bail after more than a month in custody.


Marzieh Rasouli

Rasouli, who has worked with ISNA as well as the Shargh and Etemad dailies, has been accused of threatening national security through cooperation with Persian BBC.

Persian BBC has consistently denied having any collaborators or employees inside Iran.

Iranian authorities have become highly sensitive to the news and content of Persian-language media outlets outside Iran and they are intent on suppressing information from sources inside Iran.

Journalists and media activists inside Iran have been swept by a wave of arrests and accusations, while the Ministry of Intelligence has announced that foreign media and specifically Persian BBC are being used by foreign intelligence services to threaten the Islamic Republic system.

Reporters Without Borders says more than 200 journalists and netizens have been arrested in Iran since 2009.

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