Joint Action: Release Iran's journalists and film makers

Friday, July 15, 2011
Letter to Ayatollah Larijani from Article 19, CPJ, Index on Censorship, CJFE

اطلاعات بیشتر به زبان فارسی

Your Excellency We are writing to express our concern about the recent wave of arrests of journalists and film makers in Iran. In particular, we would like to draw your attention to the detention of film maker Mahnaz Mohammadi, and actress and documentary maker Pegah Ahangarani. We believe that Mahnaz Mohammadi is being detained in Evin prison. She was arrested at her home in Tehran on 26 June. We are concerned by reports that she has been denied access to her family and to legal representation; she has a critical health condition which requires medical attention. Actress and film-maker Pegah Ahangarani was arrested this week. We are concerned that they are detained without charge, without access to a lawyer and, where required, without the necessary medical treatment. We ask you to release them immediately. Their arrests increase the growing number of artists, journalists and human rights activists currently in prison in Iran, a country that is currently consolidating its reputation as the leading jailer of journalists in the world, along with China. We would like to remind you of Iran’s obligations under international law. Iran is a signatory to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights which recognises the right to freedom of expression and states that no one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest or detention. We ask you to honour Iran’s commitments and to release all prisoners of conscience who are unjustly detained. Sincerely, Dr Agnès Callamard Executive Director, Article 19 Executive Joel Simon Director, Committee to Protect Journalists Annie Game Executive Director, Canadian Journalist Jo Glanville Editor, Index on Censorship for Free Expression

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