Human Rights in Iran – Wednesday, August 26, 2020 / Following a phone call, Hassan Abbasi, a member of the editorial board of Tabnak website and the Tehran Journalists’ Association, and Amir-Reza Amir-Teymouri, a resident of Tehran, a freelance journalist and a member of the Press House, were summoned to the FATA Police (The Iranian Cyber Police) for interrogation and arraignment.
According to Human Rights in Iran, Hassan Abbasi, a member of the editorial board of Tabnak website and a member of the Tehran Journalists’ Association, along with Amir-Reza Amir-Teymouri, a member of the Press House, were telephone summoned on Tuesday, August 25 by FATA Police (the Iranian Cyber Police) to attend the interrogation session. This summons was made due to the complaint of Mohammad-Reza Pour-Ebrahimi, the representative of Kerman and the head of the Economic Commission of the Parliament against these two Journalists.
In an interview with the reporter of Human Rights in Iran, a well-informed source said: “Hassan Abbasi and Amir-Reza Amir-Teymouri were summoned to the interrogation session by an individual’s phone call from FATA Police, which is related to the complaint of Mohammad-Reza Pour-Ebrahimi Davarani, Kerman’s representative and head of the Economic Commission in the Parliament of Iran (Islamic Consultative Assembly) against these two media activists on charges of “dissemination of disinformation to disturb public order”, and both of these media activists must be present at this interrogation session tomorrow.”
“This accusation is related to the critical reports that these two journalists published on titles of “Mr. Pour-Ebrahimi! What is the name of this trial and error?” , “Mr. Pour-Ebrahimi! The consequences of non-expert and harmful economic decisions are borne by people”, “Mr. Representative arrows hit the stone one after another”, and several other reports that were published about the incompetence of Mohammad-Reza Pour-Ebrahimi on the Tabnak news website in Kerman, however, unfortunately, this member of Parliament has complained against Hassan Abbasi and Amir-Reza Amir-Teymouri instead of accepting his shortcomings,” the informed source told the reporter of Human Rights in Iran about the reason for Mohammad-Reza Pour-Ebrahimi Davarani against the two media activists.
It should be noted that Hassan Abbasi had previously been arrested by security forces on November 26, 2019, following the publication of a report on the ineffectual performance of the governor of Hormozgan and the complaint of this provincial official.
The crackdown on journalists and media activists violates Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966, which emphasizes the right of individuals to express their views without cross-border restrictions.
Article 5 of the Criminal Procedure Code stipulates that the accused shall be informed of the charges and provided access to a lawyer as soon as possible. Other defensive rights are mentioned in law, but extrajudicial actions taken by the security services violate the laws that they themselves drafted and claim to be enforced.
The denial of access to a lawyer at the time of detention and during interrogation violates international human rights instruments, Article 9 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and Article 9 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, adopted on December 16, 1966.
The enjoyment of a fair trial is also one of the inalienable rights enshrined in Article 10 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.