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Minister of Labor Pursuing to Establish a New Body

association-of-prof-iran-journalistsRoozonline - A pro-government website recently announced that the Association of Professional Iranian Journalists will not be reopened. The minister of labor recently spoke about the creation of a professional organization but made no reference to the issue of opening the now-banned body. President Hassan Rouhani had made campaign promises, followed by similar remarks after he took office in 2013, that the APIJ would be reopened, creating enthusiastic optimism among journalists. The minister of Islamic Guidance, whose agency oversees the work of the media, had also made positive statement on a possible reopening without any real measures emerging on this. Now not only is the dream of reopening the popular professional guild not materializing, there is even talk of replacing it.

Seven journalists among those beaten in Iran's Evin Prison

evin-prison3CPJ - At least seven journalists were among those attacked when Iranian guards and intelligence officials raided a section of Tehran's Evin Prison holding political prisoners on Thursday, according to news websites and human rights groups.

Support for European resolution, call for release of 52 journalists

cartoon-arrest-journalistsReporters Without Borders - Reporters Without Borders hails last week’s European Parliament resolution on European strategy towards Iran. For the first time, the European Parliament has displayed a clear desire to take human rights into account in the EU’s relations with Iran.

Paper Close to Revolutionary Guards Doctors Ashton Photo to Erase Image of Torture Victim’s Mother

javan-newspaper-erased-mother-sattarbeheshtiThe International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Almost immediately after EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton met with a group of activists in Tehran, Iranian authorities unleashed a barrage of angry remarks and insults about her visit.

Rouhani has not increased freedoms in Iran, U.N. chief says

ban-ki-moonReuters - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has failed to fulfil campaign promises to allow greater freedom of expression and there has been a sharp rise in executions since his elecrtion, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday.

Critical Speech Lands Journalist-Activist in Jail

razavi faghihThe International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Iranian authorities arrested a reformist journalist and activist on March 6, one week after he gave a speech criticizing state bodies and authorities. Security forces have transferred Saeed Razavi Faghih, a former member of the Tahkim-e Vahdat student organization’s Central Council, to Rajaee Shahr Prison in Karaj.

Javad Larijani: “Be Grateful” for Iran’s High Execution Rate

larijani-mohammad-javadThe International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran - Mohammad Javad Larijani, Head of the Iranian Judiciary’s Human Rights Council, said on March 4 that Iran’s increased execution rate is a positive marker of Iranian achievement. Instead of criticizing Iran for its increasing number of executions, he said, “our expectation of international organizations and the world is to be grateful for this great service to humanity.”

Reformist says Iranian journalists 'defenseless'

mashallah-shamsolvaezinAl-Monitor - In an interview with Al-Monitor, Mashallah Shamsolvaezin, a prominent reformist journalist, chairman of the now-defunct Association of Iranian Journalists and spokesman of the Committee for the Defense of Freedom of the Press, says, “We are still hopeful.”

Iran’s Judiciary Closes a New Pro-Government Newspaper

asemanThe New York Times - An Iranian newspaper aligned with the country’s reform-minded new president was closed on Thursday by Iran’s judiciary, only six days after its first issue, local news outlets reported.

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