In a letter to the head of the Judiciary, hundreds of journalists demand the release of their jailed colleagues.
RAHANA – In an Open letter to Sadegh Larjani, more than 100 Iranian bloggers and journalists have asked for the release of their captive colleagues. The initiative has been supported by a number of lawyers who defend the rights of journalists.
The letter outlines the ongoing police state which started after the June presidential election and asks Ayatollah Larijani, as the country’s highest judicial authority, to take the necessary steps for the release of jailed journalists.
Masoud Bastani, Emadeddin Baghi, Emad Bahavar, Alireza Beheshti Shirazi, Mohammad Javadi Hesar, Mohammad Davari, Ahmad Zaid-Abadi, Issa Saharkhiz, Hengameh Shahidi, Abolfazl Abedini, Masooud Lavasani, Javad Mahzadeh. Mehdi Mahmoudian, Yaser Masoumi, Badrolsadat Mofidi, Ali Malihi, Ehsan Mehrabi, Shiva Nazar Ahari, Hossein Nourani Nejad and Mohammad Nourizad are among the Iranian journalists and bloggers who are currently detained or are serving prison terms handed to them by courts.