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June 26, 2006

Iranian Cartoonist May Make Bail; Board Opposes Lifting of Newspaper Ban

According to this report, a penal court will soon decide whether cartoonist Mana Neyestani and his editor Mehrdad Qassemfar will be granted bail. They are currently being held in Tehran's notorious Evin prison after a cartoon by Neyestani was said to have sparked regional riots by the Azeri minority.

In a surprise move, the same court will make a decision on the Press Supervisory Board's declared opposition to lifting the ban on the newspaper Iran in whose weekly supplement this all started. The arrest of Neyestani and Qassemfar was noteworthy for coming from the judiciary rather than the Supervisory Board, a government body that has been very active in shutting down the press.

The same article also notes that Canada called for the arrest of Prosecutor General Saeed Mortazavi at a recent UN Human Right Council meeting for violations of human rights. An article on an unrelated, politically-charged site that popped up in my search reports something I hadn't thought of, or really looked into -- the other journalists arrested at around the same time as Neyestani and Qassemfar.
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