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Muhammad Ali joins call to free journalist Jason Rezaian

 Radiozamaneh - Former heavyweight boxing champion Muhammad Ali lent his voice to those calling for the release of detained Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, as Rezaian’s family and his newspaper petitioned for his release at a press conference in the United States on Thursday.

In a statement issued on March 12, Muhammad Ali referred to Rezaian as “a man of peace and great faith” who used his “gift of writing and intimate knowledge of the country to share the stories of the people and culture of Iran to the world”.

He writes: “Insha’Allah, it is my great hope that the government and judiciary of Iran will end the prolonged detention of journalist Jason Rezaian and provide him with access to all of his legal options.”

Rezaian, who had worked as a journalist in Iran since 2008, was arrested in 2012 along with his wife, Yeganeh Salehi. She was later released but he remains in custody.

The judiciary has announced that Rezanian’s arrest was due to security charges. Last November, Iranian Human Rights Commissioner Mohammad Javad Larijani told reporters that Rezaian’s activities in Iran “went beyond journalism”.

Judiciary reiterates ban on reporting about former Iranian president

Radiozamaneh - The spokesman for the Iranian judiciary stressed once more that the media is not to report on former president, Mohammad Khatami, a senior reformist figure, as he is officially under a media ban by order of the judiciary.

Ennis event showcases human rights violations in Iran

Ba'Haiclareherald - Ennis supports the international fight for human rights this week when a groundbreaking film 'To Light a Candle' is screened at the Civic Rooms, Waterpark, Drumbiggle as part of a campaign to highlight human rights violations in Iran where large numbers of youth are denied an education.

Journalists association wary of government interference

Radiozamaneh - The Association of Iranian Journalists has issued a statement warning against efforts by the Ministry of Labour to establish a larger, all-encompassing organization to replace the existing association.

Iran bans weekly for criticizing government 'concessions' in nuclear talks: ISNA

Iran bans weekly for criticizing government 'concessions' in nuclear talks: ISNAReuters - Iran has shut down a hardline conservative weekly for criticizing the government's nuclear negotiations with six major powers aimed at ending a decade-old standoff, the Students News Agency ISNA reported on Monday.

Iranian writers welcome decline of censorship

al-monitor - When Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced off with his primary opponent, Mir-Hossein Mousavi, in a heated televised debate in 2008, the unyielding leader conceded at least one point. When Mousavi criticized the state for its arbitrary book censorship under Ahmadinejad, the president responded, "Yes, I agree with you on that. I have written to the culture minister and warned him about this."

Court to hear case against two media outlets

Radiozamaneh - The trial for the shut down of Shargh daily newspaper and Setareh Sobh magazine will take place on Sunday February 1, IRNA reports.

Weekly publication closed after printing MP’s letter

Radiozamaneh - The Setareh Sobh weekly has been shut down by order of the Culture and Media Court for publishing Ali Motahari's letter to the Head of the Judiciary demanding action on the house arrest of opposition leaders.

Iranian MPs Move to Permanently Ban Journalists Connected to Shuttered Publications

PayvandNews - A few days after the Iranian Judiciary ordered the reformist Mardom-e Emrooz newspaper banned, ultra conservative members of the Iranian Parliament are working on legislation to permanently ban journalists who have worked for reformist publications that were shut down by the authorities. The measure is meant to ensure that such journalists will not resurface and continue their work in another publication.

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