Amnesty criticises Iran’s mass arrests as US frees reporter

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) – Iran arrested more than 7,000 people last year, including dozens of journalists, in what Amnesty International yesterday called a “shameless campaign of repression” as the United States (US) released an American anchorwoman for Iranian state television held for days as a material witness. While Iranian officials and state media have widely condemned the arrest of Marzieh Hashemi of the broadcaster’s English-language channel Press TV, the figures released by Amnesty highlight the widespread campaign of arrest and harassment those in the media face in Iran. More details in Friday’s Borneo Bulletin