UPDATE - IRAN
15 April 2008
Journalist Emadoldin Baghi reincarcerated after heart treatment;
SOURCE: Reporters sans frontières (RSF), Paris
(RSF/IFEX) - Reporters Without Borders condemns the judicial decision to
send journalist and human rights activist Emadoldin Baghi back to prison on
15 April 2008. He had been let out of prison to seek medical treatment on
"Reimprisoning Baghi against the advice of his doctors poses a very serious
risk to his health," the press freedom organisation said. "We urge the
Iranian authorities to allow him to continue to receive treatment out of
Baghi was returned to his cell in Tehran's Evin prison, on 15 April, after
88 days on provisional release. Under a provision of the Iranian criminal
code, he was allowed to leave the prison on 18 January for treatment of his
heart condition, which had resulted in his being rushed to hospital from
the prison in December 2007. His lawyer, Saleh Nikbakht, told Reporters
Without Borders that his health continues to be worrying.
Baghi won the International Journalist of the Year Award at the British
Press Awards in London on 10 April. The French government awarded him its
human rights prize in 2005 for his campaigning against the death penalty.
Baghi was imprisoned on 14 October 2007 to serve a one-year sentence he had
been given in November 2004 for writing a book that accused government
officials of involvement in a series of murders of intellectuals and
journalists in 1998.