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News sites under close scrutiny for “election offences”

Internet-FilteringRadiozamaneh - The head of the Eastern Azerbaijan Justice Department has announced the shutdown of 25 news websites for "lack of permit" and "election offences".

IRGC arrests of journalists credited with media impact

Social-network-Media1Radiozamaneh - The Tasnim news agency, which is linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), says the change in leadership at Persian BBC is a result of the alleged blows the IRGC has managed to inflict on the network’s activities inside Iran, referring to the arrest of a number of journalists in recent months.

Weekly newspaper publishes issue despite suspension

Yalasarat front pageRadiozamaneh - The Yalasarat weekly has published its latest issue despite an announcement by the Press Supervisory Board that the paper’s licence was suspended for publishing insults against a government figure.

Reformist-linked daily, Bahar, shut down again

25may-Iran-bahar-newspeper2Radiozamaneh - The Bahar daily, a newspaper linked to Iran’s reformist forces, was shut down once again on Sunday January 3.

Iran newspaper chief indicted for defying Khatami ban

Mohammad Khatami was president of Iran from 1997 until 2005Yahoo - The managing editor of Iran's oldest newspaper was indicted Tuesday for defying a national reporting ban on comments and pictures of the country's reformist former president Mohammad Khatami.

Ninety Journalists Call for Release of Four Arrested Colleagues

iranian-journalist1Iranhumanrights.org - Ninety Iranian journalists have signed a statement calling for the release of four of their colleagues arrested a month ago by Iran's Revolutionary Guards Intelligence Organization: Issa Saharkhiz, Ehsan Mazandarani, Saman Safarzaie, and Afarin Chitsaz.

Iranian Journalist's One-Year Prison Sentence and Two-Year Ban on Media Upheld

Iranhumanrights.org - The journalist Rayhaneh Tabatabaie, 35, has been informed that the Appeals Court has approved her one-year prison sentence and two-year ban on political and media activities issued in November 2014 by Judge Salavati.

Iran Second Most Censored Country

iranwire - Iran ranks among the top three most censored countries in the world, according to this year's Freedom On The Net report.

UN: Iran Must Stop Intimidating Journalists

PayvandNews - U.N. human rights experts are urging Iran to stop intimidating journalists before parliamentary elections next year. The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights said Wednesday Iranian authorities should stop arresting, prosecuting and harassing journalists and online activists, and should provide a safe space for freedom of expression in the lead-up to the elections.

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