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Iranian Blogger Expected At Women's World Cup Reported Missing

Iranian actress and blogger Pegah AhangaraniIranian actress and blogger Pegah Ahangarani
Iranian actress and blogger Pegah Ahangarani
Iranian actress and blogger Pegah Ahangarani
Iranian actress and blogger Pegah Ahangarani is missing amid concerns she may have been arrested in Tehran, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Ahangarani was scheduled to travel to Germany on July 4 to blog about the 2011 women's soccer World Cup for Deutsche Welle.

Farhad Payar, an independent journalist who also works with Deutsche Welle, told Radio Farda on July 13 that Ahangarani was summoned to Iran's Intelligence Ministry the day before her planned departure and warned she would be arrested if she went to the airport.

Payar added that Ahangarani has been missing for the past few days and no one has heard from her. He said that after Ahangarani was threatened she would not go anywhere alone.

Ahangarani had visited Germany in 2009 to blog from the Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) for Deutsche Welle.

As a member of opposition presidential candidate Mir Hossein Musavi's election campaign team during the disputed June 2009 presidential election, she was summoned and interrogated during the postelection unrest.

A second Iranian woman sports photojournalist, Maryam Majd, who was scheduled to travel to Duesseldorf, Germany on June 17 to report on the women's soccer World Cup, was arrested just before her trip.

Majd, a member of a campaign that supports Iranian women being allowed to attend men's soccer games, is still in custody but it is not known on what charges she is being held.

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by: Lee from: Missoula MT
July 14, 2011 20:08
I hope that all prisoner's of conscience are released in Iran soon. Please free this lady, the American hikers, the Bahai, the protesters and all the rest.

by: david deal from: US
July 15, 2011 03:17
it pains me to read stories like this of potential political prisoners or those targeted for assassination. the people of are a great people. so intelligent and so creative. however they are oppressed.

by: shahram chubin from: geneva
July 15, 2011 15:25
Dont these people have any shame? the hope of the nation, the flower of youth is being repressed and intimidated by a bunch of thugs and mafiosi lining their pockets in the name of a religion they have all-but discredited.

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