Iran Cracking Down On Dissent Ahead Of March Elections

Posted on

"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.


« »

By clicking and submitting a comment I acknowledge the ThinkProgress Privacy Policy and agree to the ThinkProgress Terms of Use. I understand that my comments are also being governed by Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail’s Terms of Use and Privacy Policies as applicable, which can be found here.