Career

Journalist; contributed to the weeklies Shahrvand-e Emrooz and Irandokht, the newspaper Ham-Mihan, the journal Mehr Nameh, the monthly publication Andisheh Pouya, and the website Iranian History.

Charges

Unknown

Date of Birth

1985

Place of Birth

Mashhad, Iran

Status

In prison

Saman Safarzai In prison

On November 2, 2015 at dawn, intelligence agents of the Revolutionary Guards arrested Saman Safarzaei at his home. They raided his house, seized personal belongings and took him to an unknown location.

Saman Safarzaei, born in 1985 in Mashhad in northeast Iran, has a degree in mechanical engineering from University of Shahrood. He started his journalism career in 2007, writing about foreign policy and Iranian history for various publications and websites. He has conducted many interviews with foreign experts on international relations and history, which have been published by the monthly publication Andisheh Pouya.

Following his arrest it was rumored that Safarzaei has lived outside Iran for a short while. But a relative told IranWire that, “he has never lived outside Iran and such irresponsible reporting can complicate his case.”

At least four other journalists were detained in the first few days of November 2015. Within two days the Revolutionary Guards arrested Isa Saharkhiz, journalist and political activist, Ehsan Mazandarani, managing editor of the newspaper Farhikhtegan, and Afarin Chitsaz, a member of the editorial board of the newspaper Iran. The name of the fifth person has not been disclosed.

The charges against Safarzaei are unknown, but the Intelligence Unit of the Revolutionary Guards has accused the arrested journalists of being members of an “infiltration network” cooperating with hostile foreign governments.

In the evening of November 4, Safarzaei was allowed to make a short phone call to his family. He had just enough time to assure them of his health before he was cut off. As of this writing, his whereabouts are unknown.

 

Last updated: November 5, 2015.

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