Career

Editor-in-chief of Seda-ye Parsi

Charges

Unknown

Status

In prison

Masoud Kazemi In prison

Masoud Kazemi, the editor-in-chief of the monthly journal Seda-ye Parsi (Persian Voice), was arrested on November 5th 2018 by plainclothes officers who also raided his apartment.

Kazemi was released on bail on November 12th, 2018. His arrest may have been linked to a tweet he sent the day before about corruption at the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade.

According to the Human Rights Activists News Agency (HRANA), after Kazemi’s arrest, Shima Tadrisi, a close relative of Kazemi, tweeted: “The arresting agents did not provide any court orders nor supply a reason for his arrest. As well as detaining Masoud, they also confiscated his laptop, a flash drive, notes, and some other personal belongings.”

On November 4th, Kazemi had tweeted about corruption at the Ministry of Industry, Mine, and Trade, which was thought to be a reason for his arrest. He also questioned President Hassan Rouhani’s advisor, Hesam-al-Din Ashna, about the chain murders, when dozens of intellectuals were killed in the 1980s.

According to HRANA, Kazemi’s attorney Syed-Ali Mojtahedzadeh informed the public of his client’s release with a tweet: “Masoud Kazemi was released on bail today by the order of the prosecutor of the 9th branch of the Culture and Media Court.”

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