Iranian authorities interrogate journalists

Journalists in Iran who oppose the Government’s official statements on Corona live dangerously. The organization “Reporter ohne Grenzen” (Reporters Without Borders) has reported on some media workers who have been summoned for interrogation by the secret service and revolutionary guards for their information about the epidemic. One example: a person was arrested and accused of secretly making a video in a morgue. The video showed far more corpses than the number reported by the authorities. The virus cannot be fought by suppressing information and harassing independent journalists, said Christian Mihr, the managing director of Reporter ohne Grenzen (Reporters Without Borders). The people of Iran need to have “free access to information from multiple sources”, Mihr said, so that they can “protect themselves as best they can from the effects of the epidemic”. The Islamic Republic of Iran is ranked 170th out of 180 countries on the list of press freedom.

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Impressionen zum Leben in Zeiten der Corona-Pandemie: Foto: tünews INTERNATIONAL; Mostafa Elyasian, 06.04.2020

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