Source: Center for Human Rights in Iran
Unidentified security agents detained journalist Masoud Kazemi in Tehran on November 5, 2018, making him the second known case of a journalist being arrested in the Iranian capital within the last two weeks.
به گفته همسایهها امروز قبل از ظهر چند نفر با ورود به خانه ما مسعود را با خود بردهاند.— shima tadrisi🎗 (@shimatadrisi) November 5, 2018
از نهاد بازداشت کننده و علت بازداشت بیخبریم و لپتاپها و هارد و فلش برخی وسایل را بردهاند. pic.twitter.com/YDJ2A8L4cq
"Bail has been set at 250 million tomans [approximately $59,340 USD], which I hope his family will be able to come up with," his attorney, Ali Mojtahedzadeh, tweeted on November 6.
با مراجعه به دادسرای فرهنگ و رسانه بدليل ايراد قانونی درستی که قاضی محترم شعبه نسبت به وکالتنامه وارد نمود امکان اعلام وکالت در پرونده #مسعود_کاظمی راپيدا نکردم نهايتا وثيقه ۲۵۰ ميليون تومانی برای مسعود صادرشد که انشاالله خانواده روز شنبه از عهده توديعش برآيند— سيدعلی مجتهدزاده (@alimojtahedzade) November 6, 2018
"Detention without prior warning is only permissible in very limited cases for people accused of serious or dangerous crimes but unfortunately, it is repeatedly happening to journalists and becoming a normal pattern," he added.
Mojtahedzadeh did not identify the arresting authority or discuss whether charges have been filed.
Kazemi's fiance, Shima Tadrisi, tweeted on November 6 that neighbors who witnessed Kazemi's arrest told her that several individuals entered his home before noon and took him away along with his laptop and phone.
My friend & colleague Masoud Kazemi @masoudkazemi81 has been arrested in his house this morning in Tehran, no news about his whereabouts, charges— Sobhan Hassanvand (@Hassanvand) November 5, 2018
A few days ago he told us his job as a journalist is his first priority of his life alongside his son#JournalismIsNotACrime pic.twitter.com/wyxyddtyN2
On October 25, Iranian journalist Pouyan Khoshhal was also arrested in Tehran and charged with a crime that could carry the death penalty for using the word "demise" instead of "martyrdom" while referring to a Shia imam.
Prior to his arrest, Khoshhal was fired from the reformist Ebtekar newspaper, which issued an apology instead of defending the journalist.
On August 19, Amir Mohammad Hossein Miresmaili, a former journalist and satirist for the Jahan Sana'at (Industry World) newspaper in Iran, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for allegedly disparaging a Shia imam in a tweet aimed at criticizing an ultra-conservative cleric in Iran.
Miresmaili was also banned from media activities and prohibited from traveling abroad for two years. He has been free on bail since August 10 awaiting the result of his appeal.
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