Editor-in-chief of Seda-ye Parsi
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.”