Iran Cracking Down On Dissent Ahead Of March Elections

The Iranian government is cracking down on journalists, activists, and bloggers, with a dozen such figures arrested in recent weeks, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Writers Parastou Dokouhaki, Marzieh Rassouli, and Sahamedin Bourghani were all arrested in the past few days, with the former two reportedly charged with acting against the country’s national security and sent to Iran’s notorious Evin prison. “Any type of activities that deals with informing others, can be one of the reason for the arrest — in some cases [it appears] that there has been no reason for the arrest,” Reza Moini of Reporters Without Borders told RFE/RL. The arrests come as Iran prepares for parliamentary elections in March.