Iran General NewsBush urges Iran to free jailed journalist

Bush urges Iran to free jailed journalist

-

AFP: US President George W. Bush wants Tehran to free
jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji immediately and let him seek medical care after a month-long hunger strike, the White House said Tuesday. “Mr. Ganji, please know that as you
stand for your own liberty, America stands with you,” spokesman Scott McClellan said in a statement. AFP

WASHINGTON – US President George W. Bush wants Tehran to free jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji immediately and let him seek medical care after a month-long hunger strike, the White House said Tuesday.

“Mr. Ganji, please know that as you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you,” spokesman Scott McClellan said in a statement.

Ganji was sentenced in 2001 to six years over articles he wrote linking senior regime officials, including ex-president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and former intelligence minister Ali Fallahian, to the serial murders of several intellectuals and writers.

He was re-imprisoned on June 11 after being granted a short period of leave on medical grounds, and since then has been on a hunger strike — only drinking water and munching on sugar lumps.

“President Bush is saddened by recent reports that Mr. Ganjis health has been failing and deeply concerned that the Iranian government has denied him access to his family, medical treatment, and legal representation,” said McClellan.

On Monday Ganji’s wife said he had managed 31 days of hunger strike and was determined to continue until he was granted “unconditional release.”

McClellan said Ganji had been jailed “for his political views” and that his hunger strike showed “he is willing to die for his right to express his opinion.”

“The President calls on all supporters of human rights and freedom, and the United Nations, to take up Ganji’s case and the overall human rights situation in Iran,” said the spokesman.

“The President also calls on the Government of Iran to release Mr. Ganji immediately and unconditionally and to allow him access to medical assistance,” he said.

Latest news

Iran’s New Generation Seeks Nothing but Regime Change

In a silly and desperate statement, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed that nothing special is going...

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

What Is Happening in Iran?

Following the brutal killing of Masha Amini, the Iranian people have once again united to fight and defeat the...

Iran Regime’s Ministry of Culture’s Decision To Eliminate Children’s Intellectual Centers

With the so-called ‘Cultural Revolution’ which took place between 1980 and 1983, the Iranian regime tried to purge the...

Must read

Lebanon dragged in as Hezbollah joins Syria war

Reuters: Along north Lebanon's highways, the portraits of Hezbollah...

Up to 10 killed in Iran pipeline blast – report

Reuters: Up to 10 Iranian workers died on Saturday...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you