DUBAI | Iranian authorities have arrested more than a dozen journalists in the past two days over their links to “anti-revolutionary” media, Iranian media reported, in what appeared to be a coordinated crackdown on the press.
With a presidential election five months away, Iran’s clerical leadership appears to be tightening its grip on the media to avoid a repeat of the widespread protests that erupted after the disputed election in 2009.
Journalists working for reformist newspapers Arman, Bahar, Etemaad, Shargh, and the Aseman weekly – and Iran’s economy-focused ILNA labor news agency – were arrested on Sunday for cooperating with Persian-language “anti-revolutionary” news outlets, Mehr news agency reported late on Sunday.
The exact numbers were not known, but several outlets reported the arrests, with Fars news agency saying around 11 journalists were arrested on Sunday on the orders of the judiciary. In addition, the opposition Kalame website said a reporter for Bahar and a journalist for ILNA were detained on Saturday.
While not calling for outright dissent, the outlets have reported on an economy struggling under Western sanctions imposed over Iran’s disputed nuclear program, and often feature criticism of Iranian government policies.
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