Yet more disturbing news today from Iran regarding freedom of the press.
News that several journalists had been detained for “plotting” against the regime and working with foreign news agencies sadly, comes as not that much of a surprise any more.
For as long as I have been capable of watching – and understanding – the news I have known of the abuses the Iranian regime commit in regards to journalists and press freedom. Iran is reported to have the second highest number of imprisoned journalists (45). Behind Turkey (49). As such we really should not be surprised that yet more journalists have been imprisoned and no doubt subjected to physical and psychological abuse.
It is truly shameful that in the 21st century, the age of the internet, an age of global enlightenment that we find nations and regimes restricting not only the rights of the press, but also the rights of the people to seek fair and adequate media coverage.
Among those arrested were; Javad Daliri, the editor-in-chief of Etemaad, a reformist daily newspaper along with two other Etemaad staff members, Sasan Aghaie and Nasrin Takhiri.
The detainment of journalists in Iran and other nations, including Turkey – a country which portrays itself as a moderate, democratic Islamic state – in my opinion, must continue to receive global coverage and support from all areas of the world media.