Tuesday, June 8, 2010

By the Numbers: Iranian Journalists Detained

Reporters Without Borders (RWB), better known by its French name Reporters sans frontiers, a Paris-based global NGO advocating freedom of the press, has released its latest report on Iran detailing the number of journalists detained in the aftermath of last June’s disputed presidential election in the country.

170: Number of journalists and web-journalists detained.

32: Number of female journalists/web-journalists detained.

22: Number of journalists sentenced to prison terms, for total of 135 years in prison.

85: Number of journalists/web-journalists awaiting trial or sentencing.

5,230,000,000 in toman (more than 5 million dollars): Amount of money posted by the journalists/web-journalists who are free on bail awaiting trial.

23: Number of newspapers shut down.

37: Total number of journalists in prison today, second largest number of detained journalists in the world (after China).

100: Number of journalists/web-journalists who have left the country since last June.

RWB’s numbers are alarming, depressing and very unfortunate for Iran.


Anonymous said...

Damn, our journalists/web-journalists are wealthy...

Nader Uskowi said...


The bail in Iran is put up through deeds to the properties of not necessarily the detainees but by their extended families and friends, showing the moral support enjoyed by our journalists in their community.

Anonymous said...

Which explains why 100 have left the country.

Nader Uskowi said...

No, it does not. It explains that in countries where journalists are imprisoned on daily basis, some leave the country for their safety. Never underestimate the power of gun and brutality.