Iran arrests more journalists over links with foreign media: Ministry



Tehran: The Intelligence Ministry of Iran said that more journalists linked to foreign media have been arrested recently, Tehran Times daily reported Wednesday.

In a statement issued on Tuesday, the ministry said that a number of other journalists linked to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) have been questioned or arrested.

On Jan. 30, Iran's Intelligence Ministry confirmed the arrest of some local journalists who, according to the ministry's announcement, were linked to the BBC and some other Farsi-language services based abroad.

Earlier, local media reported that the Islamic republic had arrested 11 journalists accused of cooperating with foreign media outside the country.

In line with the campaign against any "infiltration and interference of the foreigners," the ministry "succeeded in detection of one of the biggest media networks linked to the arrogant media camp," said the public relations of Iran's Intelligence Ministry.

The BBC and VOA Persian TV channels provide services in Farsi language in peak viewing time of Iran from London and Washington respectively.

Iran's intelligence ministry has warned Iranians not to work with the BBC and other "hostile" TV networks, saying that those who are thinking about cooperating with those networks should be careful to avoid falling into the trap of this anti-Iranian institutions.

ANI