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Iran/arrest of cinema professionals

Published on September 21, 2011
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Deputy Spokesman

Paris, September 21, 2011

France is deeply concerned about the arrest of documentary film-makers accused of working for the BBC Persian service.

These arrests are another illustration of the constant repression journalists, film-makers and artists suffer in Iran for freely carrying out their work.

We call on the Iranian authorities to release the film-makers being detained and respect in practice the international commitments to which they have subscribed, and in particular guarantee the full exercise of freedom of expression and creation./.

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