Iranian security forces arrested Hossein Yazdi, the director of the Iran Times news agency, his daughter Saba said on her Twitter account, amid a crackdown on dissent and the media.

There is no immediate information about the reasons for Yazdi’s arrest, the security agency behind it and the journalist’s whereabouts.

Yazdi was previously arrested on December 5, 2022, and subsequently transferred to Isfahan Central Prison. He was released in February this year as part of an “amnesty.”

According to the New-York based Committee to Protect Journalists, Iranian authorities have arrested at least 95 journalists since September, when the death in the custody of morality police of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini sparked months of nationwide protests.

The security forces cracked down hard on the demonstrations, killing more than 520 people and unlawfully detaining over 19,000. Following biased trials, the judiciary has handed down stiff sentences, including the death penalty, to protesters.

Known for its harsh internet censorship, which includes banning thousands of websites, the Islamic Republic has periodically suppressed or cut internet access for most Iranians to prevent them from accessing and disseminating information online and from safe online communications.

Source » shabtabnews