Committee of Human Rights Reporters – Milad Fadai Asl and Pourya Alemi, two journalists among the group that was detained in late January, were released on bail today January 27th.
According to news provided to CHRR, Milad Fadai Asl, editor of the political section of ILNA and Pourya Alemi a humorist for Shargh, were released on bail today January 27th after enduring more than one month in detention.
Security agents detained Milad Fadai Asl without warning on January 26th as he was leaving his place of work. The following day agents raided the offices of several media outlets and Pourya Alemi was among those arrested at the offices of Shargh newspaper.
Milad Fadai Asl was previously arrested at his home on December 2, 2009 during the events of mass protests following the disputed presidential elections of that year. Branch 28 of the Revolutionary Court handed a down a one-year prison term on the charge of “propaganda against the regime.” Fadai Asl was released from prison in June 2010.
On January 28th 2013, agents from the Ministry of Security conducted a simultaneous raid on the offices of 4 reformist news agencies; Etemad, Shargh, Bahar and Arman. Equipped with arrest warrants issued from the judiciary, a number of reporters were arrested in each of the offices. During the few days span that was aimed at cracking down on the press, a number of other journalists were arrested at their homes.
Of the 18 journalists detained during this wave of arrests, 12 released on bail are Motehareh Shafiee, Ali Dehghan, Javad Daliri, Hossein Yaghchi, Fatemeh Sagharchi, Keyvan Mehregan, Emily Amrayee, Narges Joudaki, Reyhaneh Tabatabai, Akbar Montajebi, Pourya Alemi, Milad Fadai Asl, and 6 remaining in custody are Soleiman Mohammadi, Pejman Mousavi, Nasrin Takhayori, Sasan Aghaee, Saba Azarpeik, and Ehsan Mazandarani.