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Three journalists arrested in Iran

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Taken to notorious prison

Three journalists arrested in Iran

According to media reports, journalists have been arrested again in Iran. Melika Hashemi, Saidi Shafii and Mehrnush Sarei were taken to the notorious Evin prison in the capital, Tehran.

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ARCHIVE – There have been massive protests in Iran since the death of Mahsa Amini. Although these have decreased somewhat recently, the regime still takes strict action against journalists. Photo: Uncredited/AP/dpa

The newspaper “Etemad” reported on Sunday. There were no further details about the arrests. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) in New York, more than 90 media workers have been arrested in the recent wave of protests in the country. About half of those arrested have since been released on bail. Reporting opportunities in the country are massively restricted. Iran is one of the last places in a press freedom ranking by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The trigger for the protests against the government’s repressive course and the Islamic system of rule was the death of the Iranian Kurd Jina Mahsa Amini in September. She died in police custody after being arrested for breaking Islamic dress codes. Street protests have abated in recent weeks. Many women now express their displeasure through civil disobedience, for example by ignoring the compulsory headscarf.

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