Afghan journalist freed after being held for 86 days in Qom

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran News News Organisation News IranMiddle East – North Africa June 9, 2021 Find out more May 30, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Afghan journalist freed after being held for 86 days in Qom Receive email alerts Reporters Without Borders welcomes yesterday’s release of Afghan journalist Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, the editor of the monthly Haqoq-e-Zan (Women’s Rights), after being held for 86 days in an intelligence ministry prison in the holy city of Qom (150 km southwest of Tehran).“Nazab was held arbitrarily for three months,” the press freedom organisation said. “The conditions were difficult and he was in solitary confinement for most of the time. He has been released conditionally and is not allowed to leave the country. We urge the authorities to drop the charges against him.”A refugee in Iran for the past 24 years, Nazab was arrested on 4 March in Qom, where he lives. The arrest was carried out by intelligence ministry personnel, who had an order issued by a special court for the clergy.“According to the arrest warrant I was shown, I was accused of having suspicious relations with foreign embassies but the interrogation to which I was submitted was mainly about my journalistic activities and the articles published in Haqoq-e-Zan,” Nasab told Reporters Without Borders.Copies of the resettlement requests he had sent to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, which were found during a search of his home, were also used to accuse him of “publicity against the government” and “publication of false information.”Nasab spent 81 of the 86 days in solitary confinement, and suffered kidney and chest pains that were not treated.On the same subject:11.03.2008 – Intelligence services hold Afghan journalist incommunicado in Qomcenter_img RSF_en Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists Help by sharing this information March 18, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists to go further News Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 February 25, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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