Monday, July 18, 2005

Jailed Iran Journalist Said Hospitalized

Report Says Jailed Iran Journalist in Hospital After Hunger Strike That Lasted More Than a Month
TEHRAN, Iran Jul 18, 2005 — A jailed Iranian journalist was hospitalized Monday after he went on a hunger strike for more than a month, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.
Akbar Ganji was sentenced to six years in jail in 2000 after he reported on the 1998 murders of five dissidents by Intelligence Ministry agents. The Intelligence Ministry blamed the murders on "rogue agents," but Ganji's articles said the killings were ordered by senior hard-liners in the ruling Islamic establishment.
"My father was taken to hospital today. After hours of waiting, my mother and I were not allowed to visit him," the agency quoted the journalist's daughter, Rezvaneh Ganji, as saying. "We heard about hospitalization of my father from relatives, not through the judiciary," she said.Doctors confirmed Ganji was admitted to a hospital but gave no details on his condition...


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