DESPITE ROUHANI'S CALLS FOR CENSORSHIP RELAXATION, ARREST OF JOURNALISTS CONTINUES: IRANIAN REFORM JOURNALIST FARIBA PAJOUH ARRESTED THIS WEEK--DETAILS AND LINK TO PETITION BELOW
July 12, 2013: Despite President-elect Hassan Rouhani’s call for a relaxation of censorship of media, there is no sign of a let-up in pressure on Iranian journalists.
In the latest case, Fariba Pajouh, a correspondent for reformist newspapers, was detained on Wednesday morning, July 10.
Fariba Pajouh was born in Iran on June 19 ,1989. An Iranian journalist, she has worked for the ILNA (the Iranian Labor News Agency) and newspapers such as Etemad-e Melli. She is a member of the International Federation of Journalists.
A family member told the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, “One female and three male agents went to Fariba’s home. They searched her home for about an hour, and then took her laptop computer and other personal items, including the satellite TV receiver, with them. They didn’t say what the reason for the arrest was. They only said that they would return her soon.”
Pajouh was first arrested following the disputed 2009 Presidential election and released on bail of $50,000 after 124 days in detention. While Pajouh was in prison, her parents reported that she suffered severe physical and mental pain. She was sentenced to one year in prison, later suspended for five years by an appeals court. The journalist has not been working with any media outlet recently.
The relative said, “When the forces took her, they didn’t say anything. During her telephone calls to her family, she said that she does not know the reason for her arrest. I really don’t know what she did. I only know that she has not committed any wrongdoing against the law. She is very conservative and we really don’t know why she was arrested.”
Pajouh has been allowed to call her family twice: “She said she spent the night in solitary confinement, but that her conditions are good. She sounded good, too. She told her family not to worry.”
SOURCE: Enduring America
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