Saturday, December 30, 2006

Iranian Web Editors Arrested

Here's the latest news concerning Iran's crackdown on the web, as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty:

The manager and political editor of the Iranian news site have been arrested.

A member of the website staff who did not want to be named told RFE/RL that the two, Meysam Zamanabadi and Mohammad Zomorodian, were detained late on December 28 in connection with the release of video footage that shows Iranian Vice President Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaee taking part in a ceremony in Turkey where unveiled women were dancing.

Under Iran's Islamic laws men are not allowed to watch women dance and sing.

The member of staff said the video footage of Mashaee, who is the head of Iran's Tourism and Cultural Heritage Organization, had been posted on the website.


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