Sunday, June 21, 2009

Canadian Journalist "Arrested" in Iran

Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari, a Concordia graduate who has dual citizenship Iran-Canada, was "arrested" today and is being held without charge.

He has been working for Newsweek magazine for the last 11 years and has been living and covering Iran for many years. He was arrested today while or after covering the ongoing protests in Tehran. In a statement Newsweek said that he is being "detained without charge by Iranian authorities and has not been heard from since."

Reporters Without Borders claims that 23 journalists have been arrested in Iran since the contested election. In the case of Mr Bahari however, his dual citizenship might slow or stop his release altogether, as we have seen in the past with the Iranian-Canadian Blogger Hossein Derakhshan (AKA the blogfather).

Please write to your MP in parliament to urge the Canadian government to pressure Tehran for his release.

(Source for quotes: the Montreal Gazette)

Muchacho Enfermo

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