Kuwaiti Journalists in Iranian Prisons

17 November 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – Iran arrested a Kuwaiti TV reporter and his cameraman on November 11, says Reporters without Borders.  The journalists were arrested in the Iranian southern city of Abadan on charges of spying and entering the country illegally. The two journalists, Adel Al-Yahya and Raed Al-Majed, work for Al-Adalah television station which apparently is owned by a Shiite businessman close to Tehran, says the right group.

“The two men work for a privately-owned TV station and were making a program of a social nature,” said a Kuwaiti official to AFP rejecting Iran’s allegation that the two were involved in espionage activities against Iran.  He stressed that they had entered Iran holding a visa.

Kuwait says it maintains contact with Iranian authorities to see their release as soon as possible.

Filtering SMS Communication in Iran

30 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – While the Iranian Ministry of Communication is officially filtering internet, SMS message filtering has not been yet confirmed by authorities. But some observations by Iranian service subscribers show that such system is in place and being used. 

A member of the Iranian parliament (Majlis), Ali Akbar Olia told reporters today that “There seems to be a problem with the SMS system.”  He refused to call it censorship.  “For example if you include the word ‘meeting’ in your SMS, it will not be sent.”

French Aid to Iranian Police Force – Trained Police Dogs

22 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – The French Television OWNI reported Wednesday on its website that the French police are aiding the Iranian police force by providing it with 20 trained police dogs.  This number is a partial shipment of the total of 52 trained dogs ordered by Iranian regime.

The dogs are sold to be used to fight against narcotics and drug smuggling, but surely they can serve other oppressive purposes including cracking down on Iranian protesters and dissidents.

A company named Civipol in consultation and cooperation with the French interior ministry is providing the dogs to the Iranian police, says OWNI.  The purchase is through Iranian Drug Control Headquarters which is an organ affiliated with the Iranian president.

Iranians Forbidden to Aid Foreign Radio and Television Broadcast Programs

21 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – Head of Iranian Security Forces, Esmail Ahmadi-Moghaddam told reporters today that any aid to foreign broadcasting services such as BBC or VOA would be considered cooperation with the enemy and will be punishable the same way as working with security service of the enemy, said ISNA state-run news agency today.

The new measure is directed towards actors or actresses, documentary film-makers, reporters and journalists, and others.  Such activities will only be allowed by permission.

“Anyone interested to work with such networks, should obtain permission in advance,” Ahmadi-Moghaddam told ISNA.  “Foreign Farsi language network programs outside Iran are following different objectives and work according to the rules of the funding country,” he added.

Iranian Kurdish Political Prisoner Hanged on Charges of Moharebe

05 October 2011

Stop Fundamentalism – HRA news agency reported today that a Kurdish prisoner in Iran has been hanged on the charges of Moharebe (waging war on God).

The prisoner, Aziz Khackzad, 29, was born in Salmas, Iran.  He was arrested three years ago and was accused by the Iranian authorities of collaborating with dissident groups.

Iranian Christian’s Death Sentence Draws International Condemnations

29 September 2011

Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani in Iranian Prinson

Stop Fundamentalism – Iranian Christian Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, a leading church figure in Iran has been condemned to death by the Iranian government and his death sentence could be carried out imminently.

Nadarkhani who is 30 years old, became the pastor of the evangelical community in Iran when he converted to Christianity from Islam at the age of 19, reports AFP.

He was arrested and charged with apostasy in 2009 and was later sentenced to death by the Iranian regime Judiciary.

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