Iran to investigate journalist death

Iran's President Mohammad Khatami ordered an investigation on Sunday into the death of a Canadian freelance photographer Zahra Kazemi, who died on Friday night following her arrest by Iranian authorities last month.

    Jouranlist was covering  recent student demonstrations

    Khatami expressed "regret and concern" over Kazemi's death and called on the ministers of culture, intelligence, interior and justice to launch "a rapid and comprehensive investigation to clarify ambiguities" and "inform public opinion and myself."

     

    "If a crime has been committed, we must act according to the

    law," the president said.

     

    After a long silence, Iranian newspapers published on Sunday an announcement of Kazemi’s death by the Iranian culture ministry.

    Iran's director of foreign press, Mohammad Hoseyn Khoshvaqt, said Kazemi died on Friday night as a result of a brain stroke.

    Her relatives say she was beaten into a coma by her interrogators, who arrested her on June 26 and accused her of being a spy.

    Associated Press quoted a spokesman as saying she was detained while trying to photograph families of the arrested demonstrators outside Tehran's Evin prison.

    The human rights group Reporters Without Frontiers had called on Thursday for a full investigation into the circumstances that led to Kazemi falling into a coma.

    Kazemi, who also holds an Iranian passport, had been authorised to take pictures of the recent student protests for the British agency Camera Press, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    Why Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel

    No country in the world recognises Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Strong quotes for Martin Luther King Jr Day

    Quotes from Martin Luther King Jr that resonate today

    Quotes of justice, education, religion and race said by MLK Jr.

    Trump rage ignores the truth

    Trump rage ignores the truth

    Poor people living in the slums of Africa and Haiti have indeed a miserable life.