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دوشنبه ۱۵ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۴:۱۹ - ۵ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶

Family and Friends Worry for the Missing journalist


Akbar Ganji, the imprisoned journalist who was on temporary leave for health reasons has disappeared since Tuesday evening. Last night a group of judiciary officials raided his home in Tehran to arrest him while he was out. So far there is no news of his whereabouts. Ganji’s home telephone line has been disconnected. His wife, Ms. Masoumeh Shafiie, told reporters at their door that she has no news of her husband. Moshalah Shamsolvaezin, a well known Iranian reformist journalist. together with a number of students from the office of Students Unity went to Ganji’s home while the security officers were still there. In an interview with Farda, Shamsolvaezin said: “last night, when I found out about the raid, I went to Ganji’s home and had a brief conversation with them. I asked if they were to arrest him. They didn’t give a straight answer but implied that his arrest was their intention.” Shamsolvaezin said some believe he has been arrested on his way home but that others do not agree with this version of events. He added: “the whole situation is unclear which adds to his friends and family’s agony.” It is said that Ganji’s leave was for one week only and the judiciary sent for him as he failed to turn up on time. But Shamsolvaezin tells Farda that he believes Ganji’s arrest was a reaction to his interviews with foreign radios while he was out, including Farda.
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