The Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI), denounces the confiscation of three newspapers and the arrest of more than three journalists without specific charges in the frame of the harassing campaign established by the authorities against the press since January 26, 2013.
On March 6, 2013, the authorities banned several newspapers; Asiman weekly news paper, Tagreebah monthly newspaper and Mehrnamh Monthly newspaper. The security forces invaded the headquarter of “Maghreb” newspaper and arrested Ali Mohamed Mahdi Emam Nasri, the liscenes holder and Ali Reda Agha’y Rad, the political desk editor.
On March 3, 2013, the security forces arrested Ali Mohmed Jawad rouh, the editor of the social sciences magazine of “Mehrnmh”.
Amir Mousa Kazemi, editor-in-chief of Maghreb Newspaper, told the conservative Tasnim News Agency that the security forces “did not state any reasons for the arrests of the license holder and the political desk editor of the newspaper”.
It is worthy to be mentioned that the arrest campaign established by the Iranian authorities comes in the frame of the pressures that the regime faces in particularly as on the doors of a new presidential elections.
ANHRI said that “the persistence of the authorities to harass the journalists and confiscate the press is a shackling to the press and media freedom which are the main sources of freedom of expression. Such harassments are an evidence to hostile the regime to the basic freedoms”.
ANHRI said that “the acts of the security forces are severe violations to the constitution in Article no. 24 as it provided the freedom of the press and publications as they did not prejudice to the Islamic norms and the public order”. It copes with the declaration of the UNESCO in the conference held in 1978, as it guaranteed the freedom of the press and publication as an essential part of human rights to access information via different sources”.
ANHRI asserted on that the detained journalists and the prohibited newspapers didn’t violate the provision of the law in addition to not pressing specific charges on them that they could be based on in interpreting the arrest or ban the newspapers.
ANHRI demands for lifting the ban on the above-mentioned newspaper and the unconditioned and immediate release of the journalists.