IFJ condemns closures in Iran

The International Federation of Journalists has condemned the Iranian authorities for closures of independent media and accused court officials of “a travesty of justice” in the trial of a man acquitted of murdering Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi.

The IFJ claims three publications have been targeted for their reporting of the trial of the intelligence agent cleared of murdering Kazemi. Daily newspapers Vaghayeh Etfaghieh and Jomhuriat were suspended and the monthly Aftab has been closed down indefinitely.

Protesters organised a sit-in involving nearly 50 journalists. Kazemi died of a fractured skull after being arrested taking pictures of a protest outside a prison in Tehran.

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