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June 13, 2005

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Siamak Pourzand is a journalist and film critic. He is manager of the Majmue-ye Farrhangi-ye Honari-ye Tehran, a cultural center for writers, artists, and intellectuals. Pourzand, is currently serving his 11-year term at Evin Prison in Tehran.

Pourzand is the husband of writer, human rights lawyer, and editor of the now-banned Zan literary review Mehrangiz Kar. Siamak Pourzand went missing on November 24, 2001; it was later learned that he was being held incommunicado by the Iranian intelligence.

PEN considers Siamak Pourzand to be detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression as guaranteed by Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which Iran is a signatory, and is calling for his immediate and unconditional release >>> Also see

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