03 Feb '12, 9pm

Iran 'detaining' relatives of journalists working abroad: HRW - Straits Times /@INFOS_EN #IranElection

LONDON (AFP) - The Iranian government has intimidated and arrested relatives and friends of Persian-language journalists working abroad in a bid to silence them, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Friday. The rights group highlighted the case of a BBC reporter Iranian authorities 'arbitrarily detained and held as a hostage' for almost two weeks as Iran prepares to hold parliamentary elections on March 2. HRW said security forces raided the home of a BBC Persian service employee's relative in Teheran in mid-January, searched and confiscated their belongings, and took them to Evin prison. Within hours, a man claiming to be the relative's interrogator contacted the BBC employee in London, offering to free the family member in return for information about the BBC, the rights group said.

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/BreakingNews/World/Story/STIS...

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