Iran Clamps Down On Media: All Foreign Reporters May Be Expelled
Reporters Without BordersThe Islamic Republic of Iran now ranks alongside China as the world’s biggest prison for journalists.
Reporters Without Borders is claiming that all foreign reporters may be expelled from Iran within days.
All foreign reporters may be expelled from Iran within days, Paris-based Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-Francois Julliard said on Monday.
According to Julliard, there is a "real will to make foreign journalists leave" in Iran. He also expressed concern about recent arrests of reporters in the country.
Newsweek is demanding the release of its Iran correspondent Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari as was reflected in their statement today. The whereabouts of Bahari remain unknown.
"We are deeply concerned about Mr. Bahari's detention," Jon Meacham, editor for Newsweek, said in a statement.
"As a longtime Newsweek reporter, he has worked hard to be balanced in his coverage of Iran. We see no reason why he should be held by authorities," Meacham said. "We respectfully ask they release him as soon as possible."
Although BBC’s Tehran reporter Jon Leyne was ordered to leave the country in 24 hours on Sunday, BBC is keeping its Iran office open.
The BBC said the office would remain open despite the departure of Jon Leyne, the broadcaster's permanent correspondent there.
LIFE Magazine also reported the arrest of their photojournalist:
LIFE magazine also reported the arrest of the photojournalist who took an iconic photo of a young woman in a headscarf making a victory gesture as white smoke roiled in the background.
The BBC and the Voice of America signals have been tempered with from inside Iran, prompting these media outlets to use extra satellites.
In light of the ongoing turmoil within Iran, President Ahmadinejad's government has started a major crackdown on foreign media sources and correspondents present in the country. Media outlets like BBC, Al-Arabiya, and Newsweek Magazine were affected. In total, it is reported 24 journalists and bloggers have been detained by Iran's government since June 12 Presidential election that saw Mahmoud Ahmadinejad come through as a winner. Reporters Without Borders has released a list of the names of 23 Iranian journalists and bloggers arrested since June 14 in Iran. The list can be viewed here.
Iran has issued further warnings to British media specifically.
"If various British radio and television networks continue to interfere in our country's domestic affairs by broadcasting fake and incorrect reports of Iran or ignoring international journalism ethics, there will be more stern action taken," Mehr [news agency] quoted the ministry as saying.
Here is the list of media outlets and correspondents that were detained or ordered out of Iran
Iran has ordered the BBC's Jon Leyne out of the country
"With regret, we can confirm that Jon Leyne, the BBC's permanent correspondent in Tehran has been asked to leave by the Iranian authorities. The BBC office remains open," a BBC statement said.
The Fars news agency said Sunday that Leyne will have to leave Iran within 24 hours, and that Iranian officials have accused him of "dispatching fabricated news and reports, ignoring neutrality in news, supporting rioters and trampling the Iranian nation's rights."
Dubai-based Al-Arabiya TV said on Sunday its Tehran office, which was closed by the Iranian authorities a week ago, had been ordered to stay shut indefinitely for "unfair reporting" of the 12 June election.
Newsweek magazine said its correspondent Maziar Bahari - a Canadian national - was detained without charge on Sunday morning and had not been heard from since.