Authorities in Iran's capital have arrested a journalist who wrote about government corruption, in the latest of a series of Iranian journalist detentions that have drawn international concern.
The first word of journalist Masoud Kazemi's arrest came from his fianceé, Shima Tadrisi, in a Monday tweet. She said neighbors told her that several people entered the couple’s Tehran home that morning and took Kazemi away.
“We do not know which entity arrested him or the reason for the arrest,” Tadrisi said, adding that those who took her fiancé also confiscated laptop computers, hard disks and flash drives from the home.
Kazemi is a former reporter for Iran’s reformist Shargh daily newspaper. An Iranian journalist who identified himself as a friend and former colleague of Kazemi, Sobhan Hassanvand, also posted a tweet saying Kazemi had been arrested Monday.
Hassanvand, who is based in Tehran, attached to his tweet a screenshot of Kazemi's Twitter profile, @masoudkazemi81, which has been suspended. The screenshot shows what appears to be one of Kazemi’s last tweets before being arrested. In that post, beneath a pinned tweet at the top of his profile, Kazemi urged his followers to “take a look at this thread to become familiar with a small part of systematic corruption, and the role of fathers and their children in these corruption cases.”
There was no immediate comment on Kazemi’s arrest in Iranian state media.