Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

REPORTERS

The booming business of cannabis in Spain

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Tanzanian President dismisses almost 10,000 public servants over forged college certificates

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

French Election: Abstention, Anger & Apathy

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Macron vs. Le Pen: France's bitter presidential run-off race (part 1)

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Trump's First 100 Days, The Pope in Egypt (part 2)

Read more

FOCUS

Egypt's Coptic Christians targeted by Islamic State group

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

France's wartime past takes centre stage in presidential campaign

Read more

#TECH 24

How one NGO is using 3D printers to improve disaster relief

Read more

REVISITED

What remains of Nicaragua’s revolution?

Read more

Middle east

AFP confirms release of its reporter in Tehran

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2009-11-16

AFP journalist and FRANCE 24 contributor Farhad Pouladi was freed Saturday, the AFP confirmed. Pouladi was detained in Tehran earlier this week as he headed to cover rallies outside the former US Embassy.

AFP - AFP confirmed on Saturday the release of its Tehran reporter Farhad Pouladi, who had been arrested earlier in the week, saying he had returned to his home.
  
"I'm at home; I'm okay," Pouladi told acting bureau chief Jay Deshmukh.
  
Earlier, the official news agency IRNA said Pouladi, detained on Wednesday, had been freed.
  
"The AFP journalist has been freed with the authorisation of the Tehran prosecutor general," IRNA said.
  
Pouladi was detained on Wednesday morning by three security personnel, two in uniform and one in plainclothes, witnesses said.
  
He was covering the annual commemoration of the November 4, 1979 storming of the US embassy by Islamist students, which was overshadowed this year by a counter-protest by critics of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's June re-election.
  
Pouladi was riding pillion on a motorcycle when he was stopped.
  
The rider of the motorcycle said the security force officials confiscated the reporter's mobile phone and then escorted him away.
  
AFP protested his arrest and called for his immediate release.
  
"We are worried for our journalist. We still don't know exactly where he is being held," AFP chairman Pierre Louette said on Thursday.
  
"We strongly protest his detention and we demand that he be released without delay," he added.
  
On Friday, IRNA quoted prosecutor Abbas Jaffari Doulatabadi as saying his office was investigating Pouladi's arrest.
  
"Some people were arrested on November 4. The policy of the prosecutor's office is to release all those people against whom there are no accusations," he said.
  
"Some people have already been released," the prosecutor said, including "three foreign nationals, two Germans and a Canadian" who were arrested on Wednesday.
 

Date created : 2009-11-07

  • IRAN

    AFP journalist arrested in Tehran while reporting for FRANCE 24

    Read more

  • IRAN

    Clashes mar anniversary of US embassy takeover

    Read more

COMMENT(S)