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article imageReporters Without Borders: 24 journalists arrested in Iran

By Michael Krebs     Jun 22, 2009 in Politics
As the situation in Iran steadily deteriorates, France-based Reporters Without Borders says that 24 reporters have been arrested in Iran since the election protests began - including a Canadian covering for Newsweek.
The situation for journalists in Iran has become quite dangerous.
As Iran's leadership continues its information blackout, it emerged on Sunday that the Iranian government has arrested 24 reporters - including a Canadian journalist writing for Newsweek. Contact has been lost with several others, and many are considered to be in hiding.
French-based Reporters Without Borders claims that reporters are a "priority target" for Iranian authorities.
In addition to those detained, the British Broadcast Corporation's correspondent has been told to leave the country.
"It's becoming more and more problematic for journalists," said Benoit Hervieu of Paris-based Reporters Without Borders, according to The Associated Press.
Reporters have been banned from covering events on the street, and the government will only allow telephone interviews with officials and others. The Iranian leadership is particularly concerned with reports released in Farsi.
"The regime has been visibly shaken by its own population and does not want to let this perception endure," Reporters Without Borders said in a statement.
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