Iran Claims Detained Photojournalists Work for Enemy News Agencies

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Iran’s official news agency IRNA has published a “confession” 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. “Iran 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,” CPJ Middle East and North Africa program coordinator Mohamed Abdel Dayem said.

[Via: CPJ]

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