Iranâ€™s official news agency IRNA has published a â€œconfessionâ€ by detained photojournalists Majid Saeedi and Satyar Emami. IRNA claims the two confessed to having ties with a movement seeking to topple the Iranian government and to sending pictures to enemy news agencies.
Majid Saeedi is a photojournalist for Getty Images while Satyar Emami works for Jamejam, an Iranian state-owned newspaper.
But CPJ, the Committee to Protect Journalists, has rejected the alleged confessions. â€œIran has a notorious record of coercing confessions from detained journalists, especially when they are held incommunicado for extended periods of time, as has been the case with Saeedi and Emami,â€ CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem said.