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Iran journalist arrests 'unacceptable': UN rights experts

Published on Aug 9, 2014 6:18 AM
The Washington Post's Jason Rezaian is shown in this Washington Post photo taken in Washington, DC on Nov 6, 2013. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

GENEVA (AFP) - United Nations human rights experts expressed alarm on Friday at a recent flurry of arrests and harsh sentences inflicted on journalists in Iran, including the Washington Post's Teheran correspondent.

"Convicting individuals for expressing their opinion is absolutely unacceptable," the UN's rights monitor on Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said in a joint statement with five other UN rights experts.

Since May 22, at least 36 people, including journalists, bloggers, filmmakers and authors, have been arrested, summoned or sentenced in connection with journalistic activity or for expressing their opinions on social media, they said.

Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian and a photographer, both dual US-Iranian citizens, were arrested along with their spouses on July 22.

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