Journalists arrested in Iran

Two journalists – including a former minister – detained for 'spreading propaganda' according to agency reports

Journalists arrested in Iran

World Bulletin / News Desk

Reports are emerging that two Iranian journalists – including a former government minister – have been arrested.

Former culture minister Issa Saharkhiz and Ehsan Mazandarani, Ferihtegan newspaper's chief editor – were detained on Monday according to the Iranian Labour News Agency (ILNA).

The pair was arrested for allegedly “spreading propaganda against the regime and insulting the supreme leader Khamenei” according to some news sources.

No official statement has been issued on the incident.

However, the semi-official Tasnim News Agency reported that Mazandarani was arrested for security reasons.

Saharkhiz’s son, Mehdi Saharkhiz, made an online statement saying his father had been arrested at home and his personal belongings confiscated.

Saharkhiz, a high-profile journalist in Iran, had been deputy minister of culture and Islamic guidance during former president Mohammad Khatami's administration. He was arrested in July 2009 during a post-presidential election crackdown and imprisoned for four years.

Last week, Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran submitted a report to the UN General Assembly, criticizing the Tehran government over the detention of 40 journalists in contravention of international rules.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 03 Kasım 2015, 16:05