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posted February 19, 2001 09:27     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
TEHRAN, Feb 18 - Iran's Revolutionary Court was reported on Sunday to have arrested an outspoken woman journalist as part of a crackdown on the media by hard-liners.
The daily Hambastegi said Fariba Davoudi was arrested by agents of the Revolutionary Court who searched her residence for seven hours and seized a large number of documents on Thursday.

It was not clear where Davoudi was being held, but she had been allowed two short telephone calls, the newspaper said.

Davoudi worked at the now banned reformist newspapers Khordad and Fath before moving on to Hambastegi.

Hardliners close to Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, who dominate the judiciary, have banned more than 30 pro-reform newspapers in the last 10 months and imprisoned several journalists, many of whom have yet to be tried.

The crackdown on press freedoms started last April after Khamenei accused the independent press of being "bases of the enemy."

In a separate development Merhangiz Kar, a woman lawyer sentenced by the Revolutionary Court to four years in prison for attending a controversial conference on Iran's reform movement in Berlin, has been allowed to leave Iran for medical treatment, a diplomatic source said.

Kar, who was free on bail pending an appeal, is now being treated for cancer in the Netherlands, but is expected to return to Iran before her appeal is completed when it will be decided whether she has to begin her

The France-based pressure group Reporters Sans Frontieres (reporters without borders) said last week that Iran, along with Myanmar, had more journalists in jail than anywhere else in the world.

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posted February 20, 2001 09:32     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Detained journalist's husband lodges plaint with Majlis committee

BBC Monitoring Service
Feb 19, 2001

Text of report by Iranian newspaper Hayat-e Now web site on 19 February

It has been heard that, in the wake of the arrest of Mrs Fariba Davudi Mohajer, a journalist, her husband, Baqer Bakhtiar, has lodged a complaint with the Majlis Article 90 Committee.

The complaint concerns the manner in which Mrs Davudi was arrested by the authorities.

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posted February 20, 2001 09:35     Click Here to See the Profile for Vatandoost   Click Here to Email Vatandoost     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
One more journalist imprisoned, an other released

Reporters Sans Frontières

February 19, 2001

In a letter to the head of the judiciary, Ayatollah Shahroudi, Reporters Sans Frontières (RSF) protested at the arrest of Fariba Davoudi-Mohadjer, journalist for the banned dailies Fath and Khordad. Robert Ménard, the RSF general secretary, asked Ayatollah Shahroudi to "release this journalist, as well as 12 other journalists currently imprisoned".

RSF recalled that Iran, in which 13 journalists are behind bars is now the country with the most journalists in prison in the world. 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, Fariba Davoudi-Mohadjer, journalist for Fath and Khordad, was arrested and detained on 15 February 2001 in Tehran by order of the Revolutionay Court. The journalist was arrested by policemen who searched her residence for a long time. They seized a large number of documents including articles written by the journalist, a book by Ayatollah Hossein-Ali Montazéri (who was to succeed the Imam Khomeiny but then fell into disgrace) and communiques by a student group.

RSF noted that this is the third arrest of a journalist in one week.

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 deceptive articles" and "insult against the
revolutionary and judicial institutions" of the state. He was released on 16 Fevruary 2001.

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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