Tonekaboni released on bail after two months
A music journalist from Iran who was arrested in Tehran in January has been released on bail.
Behrang Tonekaboni, along with fellow music journalist Kayvan Farzin, was arrested in the offices of his employers Farhang va Ahang on January 5. Now Amnesty has revealed that he has been released – although there is no news of Farzin‘s whereabouts.
Tonekaboni spoke to his family on the phone while he was incarcerated, but his location was kept a secret by authorities. Amnesty launched a campaign for information about his and Farzin‘s whereabouts and condition.
Lily Farhadpour, Tonekaboni‘s mother, was also arrested and has yet to be released.
Iranian authorities are yet to reveal why any of the three were detained, though a high number of journalists and protesters have been arrested and reportedly subjected to torture since the country’s disputed presidential election of June 2009.
Following the initial arrests, Amnesty International UK Director Kate Allen said: “We’re seriously concerned for the safety of Behrang, Kayyan, Lily and countless others. The crackdown on dissent and free speech since Iran’s disputed election has been brutal, and we’ve received many reports of torture.
“All three should be protected from torture and allowed access to their families, lawyers and the medical assistance that they need. And if they are being held solely for the peaceful expression of their views, they should be released immediately. The Iranian authorities have no right to lock people up just for speaking their minds.”