Crackdown on journalists continues


Peymon Pakmehr is the fourth journalist to be arrested by Islamic Republic authorities in the past few days in a new wave of cracking down on Iranian media activists.

Daneshjoo News reports that Ministry of Intelligence officers arrested Pakmehr two days ago in Tabriz. He has been charged with “propaganda against the regime” in Tabriz Revolutionary Court.

This is the fourth in a string of arrests that started with the detention of Parastoo Dokouhaki and Marzieh Rasouli earlier this week, and yesterday’s arrest of Sahameddin Bourghani, the editor in chief of the Iran Diplomacy website.

The crackdown appears to have been triggered by the approach of the March parliamentary election and the establishment’s fear of renewed protests around the election proceedings.

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