Iran: Fears for detained Iranian Kurdish journalists

English PEN is seriously concerned about the detention of Iranian Kurdish journalist Kaveh Javanmard, who has been held without charge since 18 December 2006. His arrest came during a wave of arrests, bans and acts of intimidation against the media following a visit to the Kurdish north by the Iranian President and Culture Minister in September 2006.

According to PEN’s information, officials from the Ministry of Intelligence arrested Javanmard, a journalist for the weekly Krafto, at his home in Sanandej. He remains detained at Sanandej prison and no charages against him have been made known. There are fears for his safety, and the authorities have reportedly targeted other members of Krafto in recent weeks.

Other Iranian Kurdish journalists recently arrested include Adnan Hassanpour, who was arrested on 25 January 2007 and is still being held incommunicado.

English PEN believes that Javanmard and Hassanpour are being detained solely for the peaceful exercise of their right to free expression, and calls on the Iranian authorities to release them immediately. PEN also seeks reassurances of their well-being from the Iranian authorities.

Please send appeals:

– Expressing serious concern about the detention of Kaveh Javanmard and Adnan Hassanpour, and seeking details of any charges against the former;

– Calling for their release if, as PEN believes, they are being held solely for peacefully exercising their right to free expression;

– Seeking assurances of their well-being;

– Expression concern at the apparent pattern of repression against journalists and human rights activists in Kurdish Iran.


Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei

THe Office of the Supreme Leader

Shoahada Street, Qom

Islamic Republic of Iran

Email: or

Head of the Judiciary

His Excellency Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi

Ministry of Justice

Park-e Shahr, Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran

Email via judiciary website feedback (

Minister of Intelligence

Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejeie

Ministry of Intelligence

Second Negarestan St

Pasdaran Avenue, Tehran

Islamic Republic of Iran


It may be most effective, however, to send the above appeals via the Iranian embassy in London:

His Excellency Mr Rasoul Movahedian

Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Iran

16 Prince’s Gate

London SW7 1PT


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