Journalists and media figures in Iran have been warned to stay at home and not cover the ongoing protests on pain of arrest, IranWire has been told.
A source said some people working for independent media outlets had been contacted by security agencies conveying the threat. Some media managers, they added, had already been summoned by the intelligence agencies and asked to warn reporters not to attend the protests or take a position on them.
On Thursday morning security agents also raided the home of Niloufar Hamedi, a reporter on social affairs for Shargh newspaper, and arrested her. Masoud Kordpour and Khosro Kordpour, two brothers and respectively the editor of and a reporter for Mokrian news agency, were arrested in Bukan the day before. Court summonses have been issued for a number of others who will be detained if they step outside the house.
The Kordpour brothers were previously jailed in 2003 for “propaganda against the regime” because they had published updates on the statuses of political prisoners. Amnesty International has previously written to the Iranian judiciary asking for an end to their harassment.
The Kurdish human rights organization Hengaw also reports that two more reporters, Marzieh Talaei and one named only as Mr. Khatibzadeh, had been taken into custody by Saqqez Intelligence Department.