Wives of Jailed Iran Journalists Call for Release of All Writers

Published November 20th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The wives of Iran's imprisoned journalists on Monday called for their unconditional release in an open letter, a copy of which was obtained by AFP. 

"We are very concerned about the health of our husbands and we ask for the unconditional release of all journalists and writers in Iran," the wives of six prominent press journalists said in the letter. 

They expressed particular concern over Akbar Ganji, who has been in jail since April and earlier this month said he had begun a hunger strike after he said he was tortured in Tehran's Evin prison. 

Ganji, sentenced to five years in jail and also now facing other charges in a separate case, published a series of articles linking former president Akbar Hashemi-Rafsanjani to the 1998 murders of several dissidents. 

The wives also protested that they had not been able to communicate with their husbands in prison. 

Around a dozen leading journalists are in jail and more than 25 newspapers or journals have been closed down by the conservative-dominated courts since a press crackdown was launched in April. 

The move came after pro-reform supporters of President Mohammed Khatami trounced conservatives at the polls in February, ousting the longtime right-wing majority in the legislature – TEHRAN (AFP) 



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