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Iran arrests reformist journalist - report

30 May 2014, 10:10

Tehran - Iranian police have arrested a woman journalist who covered parliament for pro-reform media on orders from the conservative-controlled judiciary, the pro-reform Sharq newspaper reported on Thursday.

"Saba Azarpeyk was arrested yesterday [Wednesday] morning at her home," the daily said, adding that the grounds for her arrest were not immediately clear.

She reported on parliament for several pro-reform outlets, including the prominent Etemad newspaper.

She was among 18 journalists for reformist media who were arrested in January 2013 for allegedly working for the Farsi-language services of foreign media deemed hostile by the authorities.

President Hassan Rouhani, a self-declared moderate, has promised greater tolerance on social, cultural and media issues - a pledge that helped him defeat conservatives in last June's election.

But the fledgling opening has been opposed by traditionalists and ultra-conservatives, who hold sway over several key institutions.

Conservative newspapers as well as reformist ones have faced temporary bans from the conservative-controlled judiciary since Rouhani took office but three pro-reform titles are under continuing bans.


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