Reporter arrested and abducted


Published in weekly magazine “Stern” on November 5, 2009

During the protests against Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Wednesday, a reporter of the French news agency AFP was arrested in Tehran.

There was no information whatsoever on the whereabouts of the Iranian journalist Farhad Pouladi, said the head of the AFP office in the Iranian capital, Jay Deshmukh, on Thursday.

The AFP reporter had a press card of the Iranian ministry of culture. In mid June, however, this authority had barred foreign media from directly reporting on anti-government protests or talking to supporters of the opposition.

Journalists, photo journalists and TV teams on Wednesday were also allowed to report only on the governmental ceremonies taking place in front of the former US embassy, which were held in commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the embassy seizure.

The protests were taking place only a few hundred meters away from the official event. Several thousands of opposition supporters for the first time in several weeks again protested against the government. More than 20 people are said to have been arrested, however, numbers have not been officially confirmed.

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