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Iran Targets Journalists Covering Country’s Sprawling Unrest

  • At least 26 reporters and photographers have been detained
  • Iran ranks 178th of 180 states in World Press Freedom Index
Iranian demonstrators protesting the death of Mahsa Amini, on Sept. 21.

Iranian demonstrators protesting the death of Mahsa Amini, on Sept. 21.

Source: AFP/Getty Images

Iranian authorities are targeting journalists who first wrote about the death of a young woman in police custody as well as those covering the major unrest that it has triggered.

At least 26 reporters and photographers have been detained since the demonstrations erupted on Sept. 16, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Mahsa Amini, 22, died while being held by morality police in Tehran for allegedly breaking the Islamic Republic’s dress code, touching off some of the biggest protests since the 1979 revolution.