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EU expresses “grave concern” over Iran press crackdown

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Iran Focus: London, Oct. 05 – The European Union expressed “grave concern” on Thursday over the lack of press freedoms in Iran. Iran Focus

London, Oct. 05 – The European Union expressed “grave concern” on Thursday over the lack of press freedoms in Iran.

“The European Union expresses its grave concern about the worsening situation with regard to the freedom of the press in Iran”, a statement by the 25-nation block’s Finnish Presidency said.

It highlighted the banning of four dailies in Iran on September 11, including the state-controlled Sharq.

The decision to ban the dailies was “especially alarming given the already limited freedom of the press in Iran”, it said, adding, “The European Union finds the continued harassment of journalists, such as threats of prosecution, extremely worrying”.

The EU called on the Iranian authorities to comply with their obligations to respect the freedom of the press and to allow Iranian journalists to practice their profession without harassment or intimidation.

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