Fifteen top Iranian journalists were summoned to the office of Tehran’s Prosecutor General and intimidated shortly after signing onto a letter pleading for a halt to repression of the media, according to Emruz news website.
These journalists were among 330 journalists who wrote an open letter to Abbas Ja’fari Dowlat Abadi, the new Tehran Prosecutor General demanding the stop of illegal pressure on the reformist media and asking for the release of detained journalists.
The fifteen were also warned not to leave the country or even Tehran for the indefinite future.
Iranian reformist media and newspapers were under intense pressure by the former Tehran Prosecutor General, Saeed Mortazavi who was known for his harsh approach to the reformists.  At the end of August, Mortazavi was appointed by Iran’s Judiciary Chief as an “Independent Assistant” of the Prosecutor-General of Iran, and replaced in his post as chief Tehran prosecutor by Abbas Jafari-Dolatabadi.
Last week, Mortazavi described his handling of the post-election disturbances as “brilliant.” His last official act as Prosecutor General was to close down the newspaper of leading reformist Mehdi Karroubi, which had angered hardliners by saying some opposition protesters had been raped in jail.

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