Protest Meeting at the Association of Journalists: Objecting to the Continued Detention of Maryam Hossienkhah

Thursday 13 December 2007

Change for Equality: A protest meeting organized by the Association of Journalists objecting to the arrest and continued detention of Maryam Hosseinkhah, journalist and women\’s rights defender will be held on Thursday December 13, 3:00-5:00pm at the offices of the Association.

Maryam Hosseinkhah is a member of the Association of Journalists and prior to her arrest had worked with Etemad, Etemad Melli, and Sarmayeh dailies.

Badr-ol-sadat Mofidi, the Secretary of the Association, explained: \"a number of journalists have through written correspondence requested that the Association host a meeting, protesting the arrest of Hosseinkhah. In the end, the Board of the Association decided to host the meeting on Thursday December 13.\"

Mofidi explained further, that: \"the Association has written a letter to Ayatollah Hashemi Shahroudi, the Head of the Judiciary, asking for the release of Maryam Hossienkhah. As reported in the news the bail amount for Maryam\’s release is set at 100 Million Tomans (Roughly 120,000 Euros). In the letter to Ayatollah Shahroudi we have asked at a minimum for his intervention in the reduction of the requested bail amount.\"

Maryam Hosseinkhah is a journalist who has written largely on women\’s issues. She was arrested on November 18, 2007 on charges of disruption of public opinion and the publication of lies. Since her arrest, Maryam Hosseinkhah has been in Evin\’s Public Ward 3. Jelve Javaheri another member of the Campaign, was also arrested on December 1, 2007 and remains in Evin Prison\’s Public Ward 3, on similar charges.

The Association of Journalists is located at: Keshavarz Blvd. Kabkanian Avenue, Seventh Street.

All press, including international press, are invited and encouraged to take part in this event.



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