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TEHRAN: Iran has arrested 28 people, some with links to the Bahai faith, on charges of working with “anti-revolutionary” satellite channels, Tehran’s prosecutor said yesterday.
“Twenty-eight people were arrested across Tehran last night for cooperating with anti-revolutionary networks,” Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said in remarks reported by the Isna news agency.
“They are accused of involvement with immoral and anti-revolutionary networks, which they helped to keep on air by doing translations and dubbing in underground studios,” Jafari Dolatabadi said.
He did not identify the networks, which broadcasted from abroad and are watched via satellite receivers that are illegal in Iran. Dolatabadi said “some of those arrested cooperated with Bahai networks.” He did not elaborate.
Turkey ‘world’s worst jailer’ of journalists: CPJ
NEW YORK: Turkey has more journalists in jail than any other country, followed by Iran and China, the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) said yesterday.
The number of journalists in prison reached a record high this year, as critical reporters and editors were charged with “terrorism” and other crimes against the state, the New York-based group said.
“We are living in an age when anti-state charges and ‘terrorist’ labels have become the preferred means that governments use to intimidate, detain, and imprison journalists,” CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon said in a statement.