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Iranian Journalist Held in Solitary Confinement


Iran -- Tehran's Evin prison , 16Oct2010

Iran -- Tehran's Evin prison , 16Oct2010

Iranian journalist Nazanin Khosravani, who
was arrested last week, is being held in solitary confinement in Tehran's Evin
prison, her mother has told RFE/RL's Radio Farda.

Azam Afsharian, told Radio Farda on November 8 that she received a
phone call from Khosravani earlier that day that put an end to five days'
uncertainty about her whereabouts.

"In a phone call which lasted a few seconds, Nazanin told me this afternoon
that she is being held in solitary confinement in Ward 209 of Evin prison,"
Afsharian said.

Evin prison's Ward 209 is run by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry.

Afsharian said Evin prison officials had previously informed her that her
daughter's name was not on the list of prisoners held there. She added that her
daughter is on medication for her heart condition.

On November 3, security forces detained Nazanin Khosravani in Tehran after
searching her home and confiscating her computer and personal belongings.
Afsharian said security forces also came to their home the next day to search
it a second time.

Khosravani used to work for reformist papers such as "Norouz" and "Bahar," but
is currently unemployed.

"As Nazanin has not had a job for the past seven months, it is not clear why
she has been arrested," Afsharian said.

Iran was ranked 175 out of 178 countries surveyed in Reporters Without Borders' 2010 press freedom index, placing behind Burma but besting North Korea.

RFE's Radio Farda and O wire compiled this report.
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