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Support Amnesty Campaign For Iranian Music Journalists
Ben Hewitt , February 4th, 2010 12:15

Two journalists were arrested on January 5

The Quietus is appealing to its readers to join Amnesty International's campaign to support two music journalists who have 'disappeared' in Iran.

Behrang Tonekaboni, editor of monthly music publication Farhang va Ahang, and music critic Kayvan Farzin, who works for the same journal, have not been seen since January 5 when they were arrested at the Farhang va Ahang offices.

Tonekaboni's mother, journalist Lily Farhadpour, was also arrested at her home on January 20.

It is not clear why they were arrested, although it may be linked to ongoing protests against the government in Iran, as the authorities have arrested many journalists, human rights defenders, students and others in recent weeks.

It is also not known where they are currently being held.

Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said: “We’re seriously concerned for the safety of Behrang, Kayyan, Lily and countless others. The crackdown on dissent and free speech since Iran’s disputed election has been brutal and we’ve received many reports of torture.

“All three should be protected from torture and allowed access to their families, lawyers and the medical assistance that they need.

“And if they are being held solely for the peaceful expression of their views, they should be released immediately. The Iranian authorities have no right to lock people up just for speaking their minds.”

Please click here to support the campaign and send an email to the Iranian authorities.

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