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In 1979, Iranian Journalists Didn't Fear Torture, Arrest


RFE/RL's excellent "Journalists In Trouble" page marks the 31st anniversary of the Islamic Revolution by comparing media freedoms in Iran then and now.

Although there were some red lines dictating what they could and couldn’t cover in the country, what journalists are facing today in Iran is nothing compared with those days.

Nooshabe Amiri, an Iranian journalist now living in France, told RFE/RL's Radio Farda that despite the strikes and opposition in their "Kayhan" newspaper office before the Islamic Revolution, journalists didn’t fear being arrested, tortured, or losing their jobs.

You can also find a list of journalists currently imprisoned in Iran, as well as an open letter by Iranian journalists to their foreign colleagues.

Go to the “Journalists In Trouble” page by clicking here.

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