Media Watchdog Says 23 Reporters Arrested

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

PARIS (AP) - A media watchdog group says Iranian authorities have arrested 23 journalists and bloggers since post-election protests began a week ago, including the head of the Association of Iranian Journalists.

Reporters Without Borders says journalists are a "priority target" for Iran's leadership.

The group released a list of 23 Iranian reporters, editors and bloggers arrested since June 14, and says it has lost contact with several others believed detained or in hiding.

No foreign journalists are on the list.

But the British Broadcasting Corporation says its correspondent in Tehran has been ordered to leave the country.

Authorities have banned foreign media from reporting from the street and allow only phone interviews and information from officials sources such as state TV.

Many Web sites have been blocked.

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