WAN-IFRA has called on the Iranian government to immediately release all imprisoned journalists and writers and end its repression of press freedom and free expression in the country.
"The Iranian leadership undermines its own claims to democratic legitimacy by jailing journalists and limiting freedom of expression," the Board of WAN-IFRA said in a resolution issued during its meeting in Düsseldorf, Germany, on Monday.
About 50 journalists are in prison in Iran, more than a third of all journalists behind bars worldwide. Most are being held on vague anti-state charges, face lengthy prison sentences under harsh conditions, and are banned from writing.
Among them is Ahmad Zeid-Abadi, laureate of the 2010 WAN-IFRA Golden Pen of Freedom, who was sentenced to six years imprisonment, along with a lifetime ban on practicing his profession as a journalist.
The Board of WAN-IFRA called on President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to immediately release all jailed journalists, ensure that their sentences are overturned, end repression of free speech, and commit to uphold international standards of freedom of expression and freedom of the press.
The full resolution can be read at http://www.wan-press.org/pfreedom/articles.php?id=5742
WAN-IFRA issued five other resolutions to: