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IFJ condemns arrest of two journalists in Iran

BRUSSELS, Sept 18 (KUNA) -- The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemned Monday the imprisonment of two Iranian journalists since August on charges of "acting against national security". Personnel from the Judiciary Intelligence Agency arrested 34 year old deputy editor of Etemad, Sasan Aghaei, on August 13 and journalist for Didban Iran, Yaghma Fashkhami on August 22 on charges of "action against national security" for allegedly cooperating with overseas media, it said in a press release.
"These arrests constitute a gross violation of our colleagues' human rights as well as rights afforded to journalists and reporters", said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger .
"The IFJ demands that the Iranian government release Sasan Aghaei and Yaghma Fashkhami immediately," he added.
The Brussels-based IFJ represents around 600,000 journalists in 139 countries worldwide. (end) nk.rk