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There are 4 messages totalling 380 lines in this issue.

Topics of the day:

1. THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN
2. Fw: THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN
3. Amnesty International/IRAN: Possible disappearance Fear for safety (fu ua
123/99 Iran)
4. (AP) Iran Claims 13 Spied for US, Israel

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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 11:31:36 EDT
From: CHAIRNGO@AOL.COM
Subject: THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN

THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN
June 7, 1999

A mission from the Islamic Republic of Iran is speaking at a
roundtable discussion on the media in Iran today, Monday,
June 7, 1999 at Columbia University. The mission comprises
of a former official of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
and several members of the government-controlled press. This
roundtable is part of Khatami’s "dialogue of civilizations," which
hopes to amend the image of a criminal regime with the help of
its cohorts in the west (including Columbia University’s Middle
Eastern Studies). The discussion aims to highlight the increase
of publications in Iran to declare freedom of expression and press
in the Islamic Republic of Iran!

Despite such attempts, the fact remains that the increase
of government-controlled publications in support of Khatami is
not an indication of freedom of expression. Freedom of expression
is a freedom for opponents and the people and not freedom for a
faction of the regime to expand its activities.

The roundtable is nothing but an effort to justify censorship and
repression in Iran. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, any publication
that is socialist, pro-labor, egalitarian, pro freedom, against religion,
and opposed to the entirety of the Islamic Republic of Iran is banned
and its defenders killed.

According to the regime’s Press Law, the press’ role is to
struggle against manifestations of colonial culture and promote
and propagate authentic Islamic culture and diffuse virtuous
principles. The press is prohibited from promoting discourse
"harmful" to the principles and mandate of Islam. Any deviation
even by the pro-government press has been met with repression.

Clearly, a precondition to real freedom is the overthrow of the entirety
of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR)
International Campaign in Defense of Women’s Rights in Iran (ICDWRI)
International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI)

For more information, contact Maryam Namazie or Keyvan Javid
GPO, PO Box 7051, New York, NY 10116. Tel: 212-747-1046.
Fax: 212-425-7260. E-mail: chairngo@aol.com.

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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 19:29:24 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Fw: THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN

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Subject: THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN


THERE IS NO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION IN IRAN
June 7, 1999

A mission from the Islamic Republic of Iran is speaking at a
roundtable discussion on the media in Iran today, Monday,
June 7, 1999 at Columbia University. The mission comprises
of a former official of the Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance
and several members of the government-controlled press. This
roundtable is part of Khatami's "dialogue of civilizations," which
hopes to amend the image of a criminal regime with the help of
its cohorts in the west (including Columbia University's Middle
Eastern Studies). The discussion aims to highlight the increase
of publications in Iran to declare freedom of expression and press
in the Islamic Republic of Iran!

Despite such attempts, the fact remains that the increase
of government-controlled publications in support of Khatami is
not an indication of freedom of expression. Freedom of expression
is a freedom for opponents and the people and not freedom for a
faction of the regime to expand its activities.

The roundtable is nothing but an effort to justify censorship and
repression in Iran. In the Islamic Republic of Iran, any publication
that is socialist, pro-labor, egalitarian, pro freedom, against religion,
and opposed to the entirety of the Islamic Republic of Iran is banned
and its defenders killed.

According to the regime's Press Law, the press' role is to
struggle against manifestations of colonial culture and promote
and propagate authentic Islamic culture and diffuse virtuous
principles. The press is prohibited from promoting discourse
"harmful" to the principles and mandate of Islam. Any deviation
even by the pro-government press has been met with repression.

Clearly, a precondition to real freedom is the overthrow of the entirety
of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Committee for Humanitarian Assistance to Iranian Refugees (CHAIR)
International Campaign in Defense of Women's Rights in Iran (ICDWRI)
International Federation of Iranian Refugees (IFIR)
Worker-communist Party of Iran (WPI)

For more information, contact Maryam Namazie or Keyvan Javid
GPO, PO Box 7051, New York, NY 10116. Tel: 212-747-1046.
Fax: 212-425-7260. E-mail: chairngo@aol.com.

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Date: Mon, 7 Jun 1999 21:51:02 -0500
From: "Aryo B. Pirouznia" <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: Amnesty International/IRAN: Possible disappearance Fear for safety (fu
ua 123/99 Iran)

* News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty
International *

Further information on UA 123/99 (MDE 13/09/99, 26 May 1999) Possible
disappearance Fear for safety

1 June 1999

IRAN-Manuchehr Mohammadi
Gholamreza Mohajeri-Nezhad

Amnesty International has received reports that Manuchehr Mohammadi, an
Iranian student leader, was released on 30 May 1999.

According to eyewitness reports he had been attacked outside a student rally
in Tehran on 25 May by five unknown men, who beat him and took him away in a
car. In an radio interview after his release, Manuchehr Mohammadi reportedly
claimed that while detained he was beaten and forced to sign documents
stating that he had received funds from foreign sources and from Iranian
opposition groups based abroad.

The precise identities of those responsible for the abduction, detention and
torture of Manuchehr Mohammadi remain unclear.

According to reports received by Amnesty International, Gholamreza
Mohajeri-Nezhad, another student activist, was detained on 30 May 1999.

There were no further details as to his status or whereabouts.

FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/faxes/express/airmail
letters in English or your own language:

seeking urgent clarification from the authorities of the whereabouts and
well being of Gholamreza Mohajeri-Nezhad;

Continuing to urge the authorities to take concrete measures to guarantee
the security of all other student activists currently believed to be at
risk;

Urging the authorities to bring to justice anyone found responsible for the
assault, abduction and torture of Manuchehr Mohammadi;

Continuing to remind the government of Iran of its commitment to the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in particular Article 3:

Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

1)Leader of the Islamic Republic

His Excellency Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei The Presidency, Palestine
Avenue Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Telegrams: Ayatollah Khamenei, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

2)President

His Excellency Hojjatoleslam val Moslemin Sayed Mohammad Khatami The
Presidency, Palestine Avenue Azerbaijan Intersection, Tehran, Islamic
Republic of Iran

Telegrams: President Khatami, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

3)Head of Judiciary

His Excellency Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi
Ministry of Justice Park e Shahr, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Telegrams: Head of the Judiciary, Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran
Salutation: Your Excellency

COPIES TO:

Minister of Foreign Affairs
His Excellency Kamal Kharrazi
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sheikh Abdolmajid Keshke Mesri Avenue
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr Mohammad Hassan Zia Far
Secretary, Islamic Human Rights Commission
PO Box 13165137
Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran

Faxes: + 98 21 204 0541

And to diplomatic representatives of Iran accredited to your country.

PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY.

Check with the International Secretariat, or your section office, if
sending appeals after 13 July 1999.



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Date: Tue, 8 Jun 1999 00:01:09 -0500
From: aryopirouznia <aryopirouznia@EMAIL.MSN.COM>
Subject: (AP) Iran Claims 13 Spied for US, Israel

Yahoo! News AP Headlines

Monday June 7 1:11 PM ET

Iran Claims 13 Spied for US, Israel
Full Coverage Iran News

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Iranian authorities have arrested
13 people on charges of spying for Israel and the United States,
state-run Iranian radio reported Monday.

The 13 were living among the Jewish community in the southern Fars
province, the report said, citing an unidentified official. It did not say
when the arrests were made or provide nationalities.

The suspects were accused of spying for the ``Zionist regime'' and
`world arrogance,'' references to Israel and the United States,
respectively.

``Confirming this report, an informed official announced that after
due interrogation and documented evidence, the detainees are being
prosecuted,''

the British Broadcasting Corp. quoted the report as saying. The BBC
was monitored in Dubai.

Espionage is punishable by death in Iran. In 1997, Iran hanged two
people convicted of spying for Israel and the United States.

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End of DNI-NEWS Digest - 5 Jun 1999 to 7 Jun 1999
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