In the run up to the presidential elections set for later this week, the Iranian regime has stepped up harassment of the families of Radio Farda journalists. The regime is working to undermine one of the few independent news sources available to voters. Radio Farda Director Armand Mostofi said, “The harassment has intensified in the past several weeks, as the authorities take all possible precautions against anything that may challenge their control over the elections.” Radio Farda (Radi Free Europe Raddi Liberty) Persian-language service, has documented nine incidents during the month of May in which family members in Iran have been interrogated about their relatives’ activity in Prague, told to persuade them to leave their jobs or stay, but work covertly for Iranian intelligence, indirectly threatened them with the loss of a job or educational opportunities, because of their relatives’ work and, in some cases, asked them to spy on their relatives.
As elections loom, so do threats against journalists’ families
- Published: 2 years ago on Monday, 10 June 2013
- By: Iran Daily Brief
- Last Modified: June 10, 2013 @ 3:18 pm
- Filed Under: Human Rights
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