On Sunday morning in Tehran, Newsweek's Maziar Bahari was detained
without charge by Iranian authorities and has not been heard from since.
Mr. Bahari is a Canadian citizen and a renowned journalist and
filmmaker, who has been living in and covering Iran for the past decade.
Newsweek strongly condemns this unwarranted detention, and calls upon
the Iranian government to release him immediately.
Mr. Bahari's coverage of Iran, for Newsweek and other outlets, has
always been fair and nuanced, and has given full weight to all sides of
the issues. He has always worked well with different administrations in
Tehran, including the current one. There are unconfirmed reports that
several journalists have been detained today; the seizure of innocent
journalists is a violation of the right to a free press in Iran.
Newsweek asks that world governments use whatever influence they have
with the government in Tehran to make clear that this detention is
unwarranted and unacceptable, and to demand Mr. Bahari's release.