Iran jails two journalists, threatens more with Nowruz only a week away

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Iran arrested two journalists and threatened several more as the Iranian New Year comes up on March 20, Reporters without Borders (RSF) reported.

Henghameh Shahidi and Ehssan Mazndarani were arrested by the courts, the Revolutionary Guards and the ministry of intelligence, which have received condemnation from RSF.

Shahidi, a editor for blog Painveste, was arrested in the northeastern city of Mashhad. Upon her arrest, she said that she had been a target of “threats from government organs.”

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Mazndarani, editor of newspaper Farhikhteghan, was arrested with the use of violence by the Revolutionary Guards under the claim that he had not fully served his sentence.

He was freed early last month after completing a two-year sentence.

Ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2016 World Press Freedom Index, Iran is one of the world’s five biggest prisons for media personnel, with a total of 30 journalists and citizen journalists detained.

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