CPJ Demands Release of Journalist Held Without Charge in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Wednesday called on Iranian authorities to immediately and unconditionally release freelance reporter Arash Ghaleh-Golab and cease the practice of arbitrarily locking up members of the press.

Iran security forces arrested Ghaleh-Golab on May 26 as he was attending a traditional mourning ceremony near the Metropol building, which recently collapsed, killing over 31 people in Abadan city in the southwestern Khuzestan province.

The CPJ said that as of today, June 1, Ghaleh-Golab was still detained without charge and has been evacuated to an undisclosed location. He was also not allowed to contact his family.

“Iranian authorities must understand that they can’t hide the country’s difficult realities and problems by silencing and jailing journalists,” said Justin Shilad, CPJ’s Middle East and North Africa senior researcher.

Ghaleh-Golab was engaged in writing political commentary and op-eds for various publications. His recent article was published by Iran’s state-run news website EnsafNews.

In 2016, Ghaleh-Golab was arrested on anti-state charges for his writings.

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