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Abbas Dalvand, Pro-reform journalist arrested accused of defamation
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posted February 15, 2001 09:29
TEHRAN, Feb 14 (AFP) - A pro-reform journalist has been detained on charges of defamation and insulting the Iranian regime, the state news agency IRNA said on Wednesday.
The journalist, Abbas Dalvand, head of the Lorestan magazine , was arrested in Khorammabad, southwestern Iran, on Tuesday and appeared in court where a judge ordered him detained.
Dalvand stands accused of "defamation, publishing deceitful articles which notably insult the revolutionary and judicial institutions" of the regime, the agency reported.
Another pro-reform journalist, Mohammad-Bagher Vali-Beik was detained on
The former IRNA journalist was arrested as the head of a publishing group which for three years has been behind most of the reformist daily newspapers in the region whose circulation has been suspended.
Conservative dominated legal authorities have closed down around 25 publications and arrested some 15 journalists since April.
Last month, the press freedom group "Reporters sans frontieres" (RSF - Reporters without borders) called for the release of 10 journalists in Iran, describing the country as "the biggest prison for journalists in the
posted February 15, 2001 09:31
Two new journalists imprisoned
Reporters sans frontičres
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
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.
All times are PT (US)
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