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A journalist and former correspondent of
the official IRNA news agency in Japan was arrested and jailed Sunday, press reports said Monday. Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Beik, was jailed in his capacity as the director general of the Jame-e-Rouz (Today's Society) publishing house.

Iranians do not forget or forgive that Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Beik who is now consider to be a "reformist", once worked for IRNA, The Islamic governoment run agency and collaborated in implementing their laws, said by most anti-governoment indeviduals and organizations.

The publishing house was created just after the election of moderate President Mohammad Khatami in 1997 and issued the majority of the country's now suspended reform papers.

Vali-Beik's lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, affirmed that his client had been jailed by orders of press court judge Said Mortazavi, papers said.

The conservative-dominated courts have been running an unprecedented offensive against the reformist movement headed by Khatami.

Some 20 publications have been suspended and more than a dozen journalists jailed for various offences concerning their work since last April.

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A new press professional imprisoned

Reporters Sans Frontières
Paris-France

February 13, 2001

In a letter to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) protested at the arrest of Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Neik, general manager of the publishing company Jamée-é-Rouz.

Robert Ménard, the RSF general secretary, asked Ayatollah Shahroudi to "release this press professional, as well as eleven journalists currently imprisoned". "We are especially concerned because it is not known where Hoda Saber, Ezatollah Sahabi and Ahmad Zeid-Abadi are detained. Not only does the Iranian judiciary arrest journalists who have done nothing but peacefully express their opinions, it also transfers them to unknown
places of detention, which puts their families in complete despair", added Robert Ménard.

RSF recalled that Iran, in which twelve press professionals are imprisoned - serving sentences of from four months to ten years - is the Middle-East's biggest prison for journalists. For the organisation, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is one of the world's 22 worst enemies of press freedom.

According to the information collected by RSF, Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Neik, manager of the publishing company Jamée-é-Rouz, was arrested and detained on 12 Fébruary 2001 in Tehran by order of the judge Saïd Mortazavi. Jamée-é-Rouz is a major publishing company founded after Mohammad Khatami's election. For three years it published most of reformist newspapers now banned.

Hoda Saber, one of the editors of the banned monthly Iran-é-Farda, was imprisoned on 28 January. The place where he is detained and the reason for his arrest are still unknown.

The family of Ezatollah Sahabi, editor of Iran-é-Farda, also claimed not to know where the journalist had been transferred to, in January. The sixty-five year-old journalist was imprisoned in Evine prison in Tehran on
17 December.

Charged with taking part in the Berlin conference held on 7 and 8 April, he was sentenced on 13 January to four years' imprisonment.

Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, journalist for the daily Hamchahri, imprisonned since 7 august 2000 in Evine prison, was transferred on 11 February to an unknown.

As part of a European campaign for the release of imprisoned journalists in Iran, a petition is available on the RSF website: www.rsf.fr

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eporters sans frontieres protests against publisher's arrest

The Express Chronicle
By Azgar Ishkildin

February 14, 2001

Tehran, IRAN. The Paris-based international organization Reporteurs sans frontieres, (RSF--Reporters without frontiers) urged the Iranian judiciary on February 13 immediately to release Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Neik, general manager of the Jamee-e-Rouz publishing house. The Iranian publisher was arrested in Tehran on February 12 by court order.

Jamee-e-Rouz is a major publishing company, founded soon after Mohammad Khatami's election. It published most of the reformist newspapers that were banned after the Iranian Majles (Parliament) passed its repressive law on the press on April 17, 2000.

According to RSF secretary general Robert Meinard, the "Iranian judiciary arrests journalists who have done nothing but peacefully expressed their opinions, it also transfers them to unknown places of detention, which puts their families in complete despair."

Eleven journalists are currently serving terms from four months to ten years in Iranian prisons for carrying out their professional duties.

Among them are Hoda Saber, one of the editors of the banned monthly "Iran-e-Farda," arrested on January 28 for unknown reasons, Ezatollah Sahabi, another editor of the same publication, and Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, a correspondent for the "Hamchahri" daily, who has being held under arrest since August 7, 2000.

The Student Movement Coordinating Committee for Democracy in Iran reported on February 12 that Ahmad Zeid-Abadi has been transferred from Evin Prison to military penitentiary facility #56, normally reserved for the military.

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Two new journalists imprisoned

Reporters sans frontières
Paris-France

Iran is now the country with the most journalists in prison in the world.

February 14, 2001

On 12 February, Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Beik, general manager of Jamée-é-Rouz, a major publishing company that for three years published most reformist newspapers now banned, was arrested and detained in Tehran. On 14 February, Abbas Dalvand, head of the Lorestan magazine was arrested in Khorammabad (south-western Iran). Abbas Dalvand is accused of "defamation", "publishing deceitful articles" and "insult against the revolutionary and judicial institutions" of the state.

These two new cases bring the number of journalists in jail in Iran up to 13. Iran and Burma are now the two countries in the world with the most journalists in jail.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) points out that the jailing of these 13 journalists contravenes Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Iran has ratified.

The organisation noted that in a report published in January 2000, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, urges all governments to ensure that press offences are no longer punishable by imprisonment, except in cases involving racist or discriminatory comments or calls to violence.

The Special Rapporteur added that in all cases, imprisonment as punishment
for the peaceful expression of an opinion constitutes a serious violation
of human rights.

Reporters Without Borders calls for the release of these 13 journalists and asks the Iranian authorities to repeal the law approved on 17 April 2000 which strengthened penalties against the media.

RSF is launching a European action campaign to condemn the practices of Iranian conservatives and to remind the public that the Spiritual Guide of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, is one of the world's 22 worst enemies of press freedom.

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