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  • Iran Detains the Highest Number of Journalists

    Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

    As censorship in Iran continues to increase, more journalists are being detained, tortured, and sentenced to long prison terms and in some potential cases, execution.  According to a report released by the Committee to Protect Journalists, Iran has hit a new high in the detainment of journalists.  There are now 52 journalists in jail, making Iran the top jailer of press in the world.  China comes in second place with imprisoning 24 journalists and Cuba follows closely behind with 22.

    In response to this crackdown on free press, at least a hundred journalists have fled the country and at least 80 are in hiding in Turkey.  This has led those journalists who are still reporting from Iran to go underground, a sort of “guerilla journalism” as characterized by Reza Valizadeh, who used to work for the state run television and radio.  Journalists are now writing under pseudonyms and communicate information without revealing their identity to media outlets outside of Iran.  Despite facing charges of “propagation against the regime,” insulting authorities, disrupting order and even heresy that if convicted carry the death penalty, journalists continue to speak out on the atrocities committed by the country’s regime.  The belief among those brave enough to continue the fight is that Iran has “entered a state of permanent media repression, a situation that is not only appalling but also untenable…The Iranian government will eventually lose the war against information.”  This optimism, however, is not without sacrifice.  Each day another journalist is arrested the regime becomes more brutal in its tactics to suppress Iranian freedoms.

    It is highly regrettable that the Obama administration was so late in its condemnation of the human rights abuses during and after the June 12, 2009 elections.  More so, it is even more appalling that no action has been taken to defend those risking their lives in the name of free speech and governmental reform. The United States must condemn and expose the Iranian government on abuse of human rights and isolate the regime from the international community.  Standing silent will only make the people of Iran resent the United States.

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    4 Responses to Iran Detains the Highest Number of Journalists

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    3. Dr K V Ranjit,Pathan says:

      IRAN'S CRACKDOWN ON JOURNALISTS AND THE OPPOSITION are done more with the perverse intent to insulate the country into a cocoon to rear its atom bomb without disturbance from the west and press etc.once they develop it the second thing if not the first they will do is to drop one over israel to prevent which emergency actions are called for.this is not merely another comment but a strategic appraisal to save the world.earlier in 1999 and 2001 plotted attempts by pak to use atom bomb over india averted by my intelligence manoeuvre by reverse feedback of india using hydrogen bomb in retaliation the details of which can be had from my letters sent to info@heritage.org or http://www.facebook.com/drkvranjit

    4. Elray, Ohio says:

      It is very peculiar that the journalist in this country spend so much time defending these regimes and bashing our way of life. They attacked the Bush administration for the Patriot Act but no comment on the Obama administration making the law permanent.

      No comment or reporting on any of these journalist being held and no comment or reporting on the FCC bypassing the courts and trying to take over the Internet.

      It seems as if the LIBERAL media thinks they will get a pass on regulations by supporting the administration. I guess they are used to being sent each day what to talk about and they will be content to have it stay that way.

      We will see how happy they are when they are told how little they will be paid for being "state controlled media" trolls.

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