Iran arrests female journalists amid protests

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The Iranian authorities have arrested three female journalists in the past two days, local media said Monday, amid months of protests triggered by the death in custody of Mahsa Amini.

Iran has been gripped by protests since the Sept. 16 death of Amini, a 22-year-old Iranian Kurd who had been arrested by morality police for allegedly breaching the country’s strict dress code for women.

The journalists are Melika Hashemi, Saidi Shafii and Mehrnush Sarei, all female, who were arrested on Sunday and there have been no further details about the arrests.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, CPJ, in New York, said more than 90 members of the media have been arrested in the wave of nationwide protests that began in September.

About half of those detained have since been released on bail.

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There are massive restrictions on news reporting in Iran as the Reporters Without Borders, RSF, ranked the country at the bottom of countries with press freedom.

The latest wave of protests in Iran was triggered by the death of 22-year-old Iranian Kurdish woman Mahsa Amini in mid-September.

The morality police had arrested her for allegedly violating Islamic dress codes. Mahsa Amini died in police custody on September 16.

In recent weeks, street protests have eased again. Many women now express their protest through acts of civil disobedience, such as by ignoring the headscarf law.