Iran shuts down journalists' association
07-Aug-2009 (one comment)

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian authorities have shut down a leading journalists' organization, members of the group said on Thursday, a move condemned by international press groups.

Armed men raided and sealed the Tehran offices of the Association of Iranian Journalists late on Wednesday, said the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) which also called for Iran to free up to 42 reporters currently jailed.

"It is true, it has been closed down," said a member of the Iranian association who declined to be named.

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press tv Thursday morning following the sealing of the office on Wednesday night. It was somewhat prematurely removed from the home page as it didn't get the one full day most articles do. However it can still be found by clicking on "Iran" in the title of the section called "Iran" on the homepage, until about a half hour ago, on page 1 of that section, but now relegated to the bottom of page 2. In it the source, the organization's secretary, with full photo, states that the organization will protest the closing.


It is interesting to note that in the Reuters article the following day, the source has asked to remain anonymous.