772 journalists have urged the Iranian president to live up to his promise and allow the reopening of the Association of Iranian Journalists.
ISNA reports that in a letter, the 772 journalists state that their community has long been awaiting the reopening of the association and they were hoping that this would have been one of the new government's accomplishments in the report on its first hundred days but instead they are disappointed that their organization still remains shut down.
The Association of Iranian Journalists was shut down in 2009 by the order of the notorious former Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi and it has remained closed ever since.
Despite several indications by the Rohani administration that it would be allowed to reopen, the association has not yet been granted permission.
- Iran's Writers Association says security officials have prevented the group from holding its monthly advisory meeting. In a recently issued statement, the group says the meeting was due to be held on January 14 at the home of one of the members. But according to the statement, a few days before the scheduled meeting, the individual was summoned by the Intelligence Ministry and "forced" to cancel the gathering. -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE - 1/25/14
- Iranian journalist Mashallah Shamsolvaezin has criticized the new administration for failing to take any effective steps toward freedom of the press. Shamsolvaezin says: "In the media field, there has been no change with the arrival of the new government." - 12/27/13
- The head of the Association of Iranian Journalist has announced that the association will soon reopen. The Association of Iranian Journalist was founded in September of 1997. In July of 2009, in the midst of election protests, the infamous Tehran prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi shut it down. - 12/26/13
- The Iranian Writers' Association has issued an announcement in advance of next Wednesday's Struggle Against Censorship. The statement indicates that in the past year, many more writers and artists have stood up against censorship. - 12/2/13