Paris-based non-profit organization Reporters Without Borders denounced
the latest crackdown carried out against journalists by the Iranian regime.
Journalists recently arrested by the regime include Saba Azarpeik, freelance journalist Ejlal Qawami, and Massoud Kazemi.
Reza Moini, the head of the Iran/Afghanistan desk at Reporters Without Borders, said, “We call for the immediate release of journalists held arbitrarily and urge the regime to stop suppressing the freedom to inform.”
Iranian security authorities arrested Azarpeik after she uncovered that a minister, who recently retired, was involved in a corruption case, activists on Telegram said.
Iranian activists said that Iran's Ministry of Intelligence arrested Azarpeik, a journalist in Iran's reformist Etemad newspaper, one day after revealing a document proving the corruption of former Iranian Minister of Industry Mohammad Shariatmadari.
According to the document published by the detained Iranian journalist, Tehran's intelligence service secretly addressed the parliament about the involvement of Shariatmadari in a suspicious deal early this year to import a large quantity of expensive cars, estimated at 6,000.
Azarpeik was freed on bail on October 31.