Thursday, April 28, 2005

Free Yosef Azizi Banitrouf and Reza Alijani

Reporters Without Borders reports that a reformist Iranian Arab journalist Yosef Azizi Banitrouf was arrested in a raid on his home on 25 April. It also demanded the release of dissident journalist Reza Alijani who has been in prison for two years and whose health is very bad.

"[Reporters without Borders] strongly deplore[s] the arrest of Banitrouf, who was simply expressing his personal opinion in articles and in interviews given to other newspapers. . . . As soon as a journalist speaks out in Iran, the authorities crack down, either by closing the paper concerned or throwing the journalist in prison. "
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