Iran’s “Butcher of the Press“ goes on trial as Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari calls for the release of journalists arrested on charges of ‘conspiring’ with foreign media, RFE/RL’s Journalists in Trouble reports:
According to the video, published by the Committee to Protect Journalists, 16 Iranian journalists were arrested between January 26 – 28. The media crackdown comes in advance of presidential elections scheduled to take place in Iran in June. Iranian journalists who have taken their work outside of the country have also been labeled as “spies” and subject to threats and on-line harassment.
Radio Farda journalists, based in Prague, have recorded more than 15 incidents in which they have been the subjects of counterfeit Facebook pages, internet viruses and misleading blog posts, and had their email accounts hacked.