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Reporters Without Borders Exposes 38 Years of Media Repression

It has been 38 years since the toppling of the Shah and the coming to power of the revolution in February 1979. One of the demands of the revolution was media freedom. But looking back, Iran has become one of the most dangerous countries for media personnel with systematic arrests and executions of countless journalists. According to the latest report by Reporters Without Borders, Iran is now one of the world’s biggest prisons for media personnel, with a total of 29 journalists and citizen-journalists detained. During the first decade of the revolution, the targets were those who had backed the Shah’s regime, marked by the executions of Ali Asgar Amirani, Simon Farzami and Nasrollah Arman. Left-wing journalists Said Soltanpour and Rahman Hatefi-Monfared were also soon eliminated. Then followed the period of extra-judicial executions. In 1998, there were a number of murders, one of them being that of journalist and editor Ebtekar Ebrahim Zalzadeh, whose body bore 15 stab wounds.

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