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Immediate release of 18 Iranian journalists
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We are writing this letter to report the illegal detention of 18 Iranian journalists. We are extremely concerned for their safety and for their health in prison
The journalists are:
Abolfazl Abedini Nasr is a journalist, political activist and campaigner for human rights by the regime sentenced to 12 years in prison. In September of 2010 Abedini was beaten in prison in Ahvaz. In the same month the journalist was transferred to the notorious Evin prison.
Arash Saghar is a journalist and political activist condemned by the regime to 8 years in prison. Currently he is illegally detained in Evin prison.
Bahman Ahmadi Amouee is a journalist sentenced to 5 years in prison. He was jailed June 19, 2009. In July 2010, together with 14 other prisoners went on hunger strike to protest against ill-treatment in Evin prison. Prison officials punished them by denying family visits for a month.
Mohammad Davari is a journalist, political activist and professor. He was jailed after telling of the alleged abuses and rapes occurred in the detention center at Kahrizak. He was unjustly sentenced to 6 years in prison. He is now at the Evin prison.
Mohammad Reza Moghiseh is a journalist sentenced to 6 years in prison. Is illegally detained in the notorious Evin prison.
Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand is a journalist and human rights activist sentenced to 11 years in prison by the regime. Kaboudvand is located in Evin prison.
Saeed Matinpour is a journalist and human rights activist. was arrested July 12, 2009. He was sentenced to 8 years in prison. He spent most of his captivity in solitary confinement. He has heart problems. Matinpour is illegally detained in Evin prison.
Siamak Ghaderi is a journalist and blogger. Is held in Evin Prison where he is serving 4 years in prison.
Kamal Sharifi is the journalist who is serving the longest sentence. It is located in Miandoab prison where he is serving 30 years in prison.
Ahmad Zeidabadi is a journalist and political activist. He is serving a sentence of 6 years in the notorious Rejaei Shahr Prison (Gohardasht).
Heshmatollah Tabarzadi is a journalist and political activist. He has been detained illegally in Rejaei Shahr Prison (Gohardasht) where he is serving 7 years in prison.
Keyvan Samimi is a journalist imprisoned on June 14, 2009. Samimi was subjected to ill treatment. The journalist is in poor health and suffering from liver problems. He is now at the Rejaei Shahr Prison (Gohardasht). The prison houses violent inmates.
Masoud Bastani is a journalist who is serving a sentence of 6 years at Rejaei Shahr Prison (Gohardasht). The authorities have limited the family to a visit every two weeks. In July 2010, the family of the journalist Bastani said that he suffered from an infection in the jaw. No doctor has helped to heal the journalist.
Mehdi Mahmoudian is a journalist and political activist sentenced to 5 years at the Rejaei Shahr Prison (Gohardasht).
Adnan Hassanpour, journalist and activist, was jailed Jan. 25, 2007. In July 2007 he was sentenced to death. After a series of appeals, in May 2010, the court sentenced him to 15 years in prison. It is located at the prison of Sanandaj.
Hamed Abolhassani is a student and journalist. Is serving a sentence of 20 years in prison unknown.
Alireza Roshan is a reporter with Sharq Newspaper and an activist for the rights of Dervishes. Currently he is illegally detained in Evin prison. Mr. Roshan is serving five years in prison.
Shiva Nazar Ahari is a human rights activist, blogger and a founding member of the Committee of Human Rights Reporters. Shiva Nazar Ahari appeared at Evin on September 8, 2012, to serve a 4 year prison sentence.
The Iranian government must protect the freedom of the press. Must guarantee a fair trial and protect the health of journalists unjustly condemned. Every innocent journalist in prison represents suffering a freedom denied.
We are asking a strong diplomatic pressure for immediate release of Abolfazl Abedini Nasr, Arash Saghar, Bahman Ahmadi Amouee, Mohammad Davari, Mohammad Reza Moghiseh, Mohammad Sedigh Kaboudvand, Nazanin Khosravani, Farshad Ghorbanpour, Matinpour Saeed, Kamal Sharifi, Ahmad Zeidabadi, Heshmatollah Tabarzadi, Keyvan Samimi, Masoud Bastani, Mehdi Mahmoudian, Adnan Hassanpour, Hamed Abolhassani, Alireza Roshan and Shiva Nazar Ahari.
In awaiting your reply, be assured of our most respectful sentiments.
The Immediate release of 18 Iranian journalists petition to Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, Khamenei, Ban Ki-moon, Jim Boumelha, Tarja Cronberg, Sadegh Larijani, Ali Ahani was written by Mariacarmela Ribecco and is in the category Human Rights at GoPetition. Contact author here.