Sunday, June 21, 2009

World's Biggest Prison for Journalists

Reporters Sans Frontières
Repression stepped up yet again as Iran becomes world’s biggest prison for journalists
Published on 20 June 2009
The Islamic Republic of Iran now ranks alongside China as the world’s biggest prison for journalists. The crackdown has been intensified yet again following Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s endorsement yesterday of the result of the 12 June presidential election and the opposition’s decision to call another demonstration today.
Iran now has a total of 30 journalists and cyber-dissidents in its jails, while journalists who could not be located at their homes have been summoned by telephone by Tehran prosecutor general Said Mortazavi.
“The force of the demonstrations in Tehran is increasing fears that more Iranian journalists could be arrested and more foreign journalists could be expelled,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The regime has been visibly shaken by its own population and does not want to let this perception endure. That is why the media have become a priority target.”
The press freedom organisation added: “The international community cannot continue to ignore the situation. It must have a clear and unanimous reaction that is proportionate to the gravity of these events. And there will never be any question of recognising the results of the 12 June election.”

Trying to access most of the sites linked in the Reporters Without Borders piece linked here will simply leave you in an internet nivana of "oops broken site" or "inaccessible". Tear down the walls!

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