Iran’s crackdown on foreign media appears to have taken two more victims, after two German journalists were detained for interviewing the son of a woman sentenced to death by stoning.
The as-yet unnamed reporter and photographer were reportedly mid-way through an interview with the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtani when Iranian forces stormed the room they were in.
The son, Sajad Ghaderzadeh, was also detained after ignoring the Iranian government’s request to not discuss his mother’s plight with the media.
Mina Ahadi, of Iran’s Committee Against Stoning, was on the phone to the journalists at the time of the arrest, aiding in translating the interview. She told The Guardian: “It was around 5pm in Germany when it happened, I could hear them shouting, ‘What is happening?’ at the other end of the phone in Iran and they told me they should hang up and I have not heard from them since.
“I’m very worried about them because Germany has been very outspoken about the human rights abuses in Iran and Iran might keep them for a long time for retaliation.”
According to The Guardian, more than 100 journalists and bloggers have been arrested since 2009, 65 of which remain in jail.
This article appears in issue 256 of Media Digest.
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