Ahwazi: Journalists Intimidated
Tehran-based Ahwazi journalists have been denounced for an alleged anti-Iranian bias. This is the latest in a series of threats and arrests to journalist attempting to shed light on the situation of Ahwazi Arabs.
Below are extracts from an article published by Al Ahwaz News:
Bani Torouf was condemned by Raja News for publishing articles on the London-based Arabic language news website Elpah, which it describes as the "Arabic BBC". He has faced a number of attacks from the Iranian establishment for writing on the situation affecting Ahwazi Arabs.
Bani Torouf, who has written over 20 books in both Arabic and Farsi, was arrested […] in April 2005 but released weeks later after leading a prison hunger strike against the use of torture, poor prison conditions and detention without trial. In March, his son 20 year old Afnan was among a group of Ahwazi refugees who were arrested and detained in
Bani Torouf has been threatened with arrest and prosecution in relation to hardline claims that he supports separatism, although he has stated that the "Arabs of Khuzestan, as a nation or an ethnic group or whatever you like to call it, are inseparable parts of the Iranian nation." The accusations in Raja News are an attempt to warn and silence him.