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Agency: Iranian Journalist Released From Hospital

Akbar Ganji (file photo) 4 September 2005 -- Iran's official news agency IRNA reports that dissident journalist Akbar Ganji has been released from hospital after ending a hunger strike.

The agency says Ganji, who is Iran's most prominent political prisoner, was released yesterday and is believed to be in a "generally good state."

It is unclear whether the journalist has been sent back to prison, or allowed home leave.

The 46-year-old Ganji was sentenced to six years in jail in 2001 after he wrote articles implicating several Iranian government officials in the murders of opposition intellectuals and writers.

He began refusing food last June to protest the conditions of his detention. He agreed to end his death fast after two months.

No independent source has confirmed his release yet.

UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan last month asked Iranian President Mahmud Ahmadinejad to free Ganji for humanitarian reasons.