Iran – Arrest of journalists (January 28, 2013)
France condemns the arrest of more than 10 Iranian journalists accused of having been in contact with foreign-based Persian-language media organizations.
Like the pressure exerted on journalists’ friends and families, these arrests constitute an unacceptable violation of the fundamental rights of Iranian citizens to enjoy free and objective information.
France reaffirms its attachment to the freedom of the press and its solidarity with the journalists, who play an essential role in the dissemination of free and pluralistic information. It calls on the Iranian authorities to effectively uphold the international commitments to which they have freely subscribed and in particular to ensure full respect for the right to freedom of opinion and expression as well as respect for the freedom of the press and the right to information.
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