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Iran Arrested 14 Journalists Over 'Foreign Ties'

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    Iran has arrested 14 journalists for alleged co-operation with foreign-based Persian-language media organisations.

    Several chief editors of Iranian outlets said on Monday that the arrests signal a major escalation in a press crackdown that reflects Iran's zero tolerance for those who work with dissident media or outlets considered hostile to the regime.

    The chief editors of the arrested journalists told The Associated Press that the 14 were taken into custody on Sunday night and on Monday because of their "foreign contacts".

    The editors spoke on condition of anonymity because of fears of reprisals.

    In recent years, Iran has denounced the Voice of America (VOA) and the BBC's Persian service, describing them as arms of US and British intelligence agencies. It has warned of severe repercussions for Iranian journalists and activists caught having contacts with these outlets.

    The editors refused to say if the detained were accused of providing material specifically to BBC or the VOA.

    Tehran has repeatedly accused the United States and Britain of seeking to provoke unrest in a bid to oust the country's clerical rulers, and it has frequently accused opposition figures and supporters of being in league with the nation's enemies.

    Source: Al Jazeera

    By: Regeneration
    Posted: January 30, 2013, 2:10 am

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