Difficulties for journalists associated with U.S. international broadcasting (updated).

Posted: 21 Nov 2007

Reporters sans frontières "condemns the arrest of Abolfazl Abedini Nasr of the weekly Bahar Khozestan by ministry of intelligence officials in the southern city of Ahvaz on 13 November. It is not known where he is being held. ... Nasr has been arrested several times in the past two years. He was last arrested in September while preparing a report for Radio Farda about a strike by thousands of workers in the south of the country." RSF, 16 November 2007. Iraq's northern Kurdistan region spokesman "denied accusations from media watchdog, the Iraqi Journalistic Freedoms Observatory, that Kurdish security forces had detained several journalists. The Iraqi non-governmental organisation said a team working for al-Hurra television, including correspondent Ali al-Yasi, was detained in the Zakho area near the Turkish border." Reuters, 19 November 2007. Update: Maytham Al-Shabani, the US-funded satellite TV station Al-Hurra’s correspondent in Diwaniya (180 km south of Baghdad), has had to leave the area because he was getting death threats. RSF, 19 November 2007.

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