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Iran Sets A Dubious Record By Imprisoning 47 Journalists

WATCH: Greek journalist Iason Athanasiadis talks to the CPJ about his 2009 arrest and imprisonment in Tehran's notorious Evin Prison.

A new survey by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has found that authorities in Iran are holding at least 47 journalists in prison, more than any single country has imprisoned since 1996.

The CPJ has found that while many were arrested following June's disputed presidential election, at least 26 journalists have been jailed in the last two months alone.

The number of jailed journalists is the highest the CPJ has recorded in a single country since December 1996, when it documented 78 imprisonments in Turkey.

“The relentlessness of the press crackdown in Iran demonstrates that authorities continue to fear new ideas and information,” says CPJ Executive Director Joel Simon. “Our goal is not simply to document the brutality, but to let the government know that the world is watching.”

The CPJ, in its report, offers capsule biographies of each of the imprisoned journalists. It makes for harrowing reading.

-- Grant Podelco

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