Iran: World record in jailng journalists

With 47 journalists in jail

Committee to Protect Journalists — Iranian authorities are now holding at least 47 journalists in prison, more than any single country has imprisoned since 1996, according to a new survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists. While many of the detainees were arrested in the aftermath of the disputed June presidential election, CPJ’s survey found that authorities are continuing to wage an aggressive campaign to round up independent and opposition journalists. At least 26 journalists have been jailed in the last two months alone, CPJ found. The number of jailed journalists is the highest CPJ has recorded in a single country since December 1996, when it documented 78 imprisonments in Turkey >>>


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Ari Siletz

Says a lot...

by Ari Siletz on

...about the level of unrest, the fearfulness of the regime, and their inability to continue selling themselves to the public. If we were looking for a way to quantify the pressure on this regime, the number of political prisoners would be a good measure. The big powers of the world leaning on the IRI for three decades did nothing, but Iranians themselves have brought it to the breaking point in a matter of months.

Fariba Amini

YOU Are so right JJ, well

by Fariba Amini on

YOU Are so right JJ, well said....

We must change our mindset, this is not normal and we have become used to it.  IT has to change if we want to build a new society.

You are doing a great job by providing this forum.

"Freedom of the press is not an end in itself but a means
to the end of achieving a free society.”

Jahanshah Javid

Another proud moment

by Jahanshah Javid on

A couple of weeks ago the prosecutor general announced that 4,000 people had been arrested in the aftermath of the elections. It was largely ignored. We're used to hearing this stuff. Then two political activists were hanged. And that too did not result in the kind of outrage one would expect. Because we have come to expect (and accept?) such atrocities.

And now Iran, the Islamic Republic of Iran, holds the world record in the number of journalists in jail. Please, just for a moment, think about this. Think about what this means about our government, our society, the state of freedom of speech and the press, the grieving families, our reputation in the world...

This is what we have become. This MUST change.