CAJ calls for release of Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari

    OTTAWA, June 24 /CNW/ - The Canadian Association of Journalists strongly
urges the federal government to maintain pressure on Iran to release
journalist Maziar Bahari, who was taken in Tehran by Iranian security forces
on Sunday night.
    Bahari, 41, an Iranian-Canadian documentary filmmaker who writes for
Newsweek magazine, has worked in that country for a decade and maintains homes
in Toronto and Tehran. He has not been heard from since being detained.
    "Given what happened to Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi, who was
raped and murdered while in Iranian custody after being arrested in 2003 for
taking photographs at a protest, we are extremely concerned about Mr. Bahari's
well being," said CAJ President Mary Agnes Welch.
    Iran's government has cracked down on demonstrations protesting the
allegedly fraudulent results of the June 12 presidential election which
returned Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to power.

    The Canadian Association of Journalists is a professional organization
with more than 1,300 members across Canada. The CAJ's primary role is to
provide public-interest advocacy and quality professional development for its

For further information:

For further information: Mary Agnes Welch, CAJ president, (204)
470-8862; Paul Schneidereit, CAJ past-president, (902) 426-2811 No. 1124; John
Dickins, CAJ executive director, (613) 868-5442

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