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Journalist Nazanin Khosravani in an undated photograph
The family of a jailed Iranian journalist has been allowed to visit her for the first time in nearly two months, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

Nazanin Khosravani, who was detained on November 3, had had no contact with her family since the arrest, except for a brief phone call to her mother during which she was able to say she was being held in solitary confinement in Branch 209 of the notorious Evin prison located outside of Tehran.

Khosravani had in previous years worked for several pro-reform newspapers but, according to her mother, had been out of work for about 18 months before her arrest.

The family was able to visit Khosravani at Evin prison on December 30. Family members told Radio Farda that Khosravani was in good spirits.

Khosravani's mother, Azam Afsharian, told Radio Farda after the visit: "I was told at first that [my daughter] was forbidden to have visitors, but later upon our request for confirmation [of her detention] we were finally granted a visit."

"My daughter was in great spirits, but as she has a heart condition she said she was extremely worried regarding her medication as the pills that she needs were not delivered to her on time," Afsharian told Radio Farda.

She said her daughter had also not received the winter clothes she had sent to prison officials to give to her.

Afsharian added that her daughter is also in good physical condition, though she is worried about her trial.

"The first thing she asked me was when her court session is scheduled," Afsharian said. "She said she was interrogated about 11 days ago and had not been given any information about a court date."

The charges against Khosravani were initially not given, but Tehran Prosecutor-General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said about 10 days ago that she was charged with "acting against national security" and "propaganda against the government."

Afsharian said, "[My daughter's] lawyer had no access to the case file up until now as it was being held by prosecutors at Evin prison. Though now that charges have been announced the file should be transferred to other courts where access [by her lawyer] would be granted."

Afsharian said she and her daughter are surprised the case files have not yet been transferred to a court.

Afsharian told Radio Farda that both she and her daughter reject the charges and they hope the matter will be fairly resolved in court.

"Nazanin told me that the prosecutor had met with her on his visit to the prison and that he was extremely polite to her in discussing her case," Khosravani's mother said. "Nazanin denied the charges to the prosecutor and was given hope for a resolution of this issue."
Two of the young Iranian political activist detained on December 19: Hadi Heydari (left) and Fatemeh Arabsorkhi
Four young Iranian reformists have been taken into custody after being summoned to the prosecutor's office at Tehran's Evin prison, RFE/RL's Radio Farda reports.

The four activists are Hadi Heydari, a cartoonist for Iranian reformist papers; Mohammad Shafiei and Ali Reza Taheri, members of the youth branch of the Islamic Iran Participation Front; and Fatemeh Arabsorkhi, daughter of jailed leading reformist Feizollah Arabsorkhi.

The reason for their detention on December 20 has not yet been made public.

Fatemeh Arabsorkhi’s sister, Sajedeh, told Radio Farda that Fatemeh has said that she is being held in solitary confinement in Evin prison. Sajedeh said Fatemeh suffers from heart disease and has been hospitalized several times in recent months. She suggested that the security forces may have arrested Fatemeh in order to compound the pressure on their father.

Feizollah Arabsorkhi is a senior member of the Islamic Revolution Mojahedin organization who was arrested shortly after the disputed June 2009 presidential election and is currently serving a six-year jail term in Evin prison.

In August 2010, Feizollah Arabsorkhi, together with six other reformist figures, filed a complaint against the commanders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps for their interference in the election.

Listen to the story in Persian here.

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