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Iranian journalists and reformers continue to be arrested in Iran as the anniversary of last year's disputed presidential elections approaches.

Mohammad Davari, editor of the reformist website "Saham News," has been
sentenced to five years in prison, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports. He was found guilty of "acting against the government."

Davari helped publicize the alleged sexual abuse in the Kehrizak detention
center of those arrested in the crackdown following the disputed June 2009
presidential election. Former presidential candidate Mehdi Karrubi said Davari
was pressured by authorities to say that the sexual abuse story was made up.

Mahdi Mehmoudian, a member of the reformist political party Participation
Front, was also sentenced to five years in prison on the same charges of
"acting against the government." Mehmoudian, like Davari, had been involved in
revealing the sexual abuse of detainees at Kehrizak.

Renowned Iranian film director Jafar Panahi is also facing legal charges.
Panahi was arrested on March 1 and a court has extended his detention time.

For coverage of the recent arrests of Shadi Sadr and Mahboobeh Abasgholizadeh, two Iranian women's rights activists, click here.

RFE/RL's O wire compiled this report.