Thursday, August 19, 2004

Majlis speaker calls for immediate action to release Darban

Majlis speaker calls for immediate action to release Darban

IRNA, Tehran, 19 Aug 2004 -- Majlis Speaker Gholam Ali Haddad Adel here on Wednesday called on executive officials to take immediate action to secure the release of IRNA reporter in Iraq, Mostafa Darban.

He made the remarks in a meeting with members of a special parliamentary journalists committee which was set up to follow up the fate of the arrested IRNA journalist.

Some 39 parliamentary correspondents selected seven journalists as members of the committee.

Haddad Adel called on the Foreign Ministry to pursue the case until a proper result is achieved.

Pursuance of the case by journalist committee would make international organizations supporting journalists' rights more determined in their efforts to secure the release of the arrested IRNA journalist, he noted.

He also praised the measures taken by the committee for ensuring Darban's release, saying it would attract public attention to this case.

The IRNA correspondent in Baghdad, Mostafa Darban, and his two Iraqi colleagues, Mohammad Khafaji and Mohsen Madani, were arrested by Iraqi police on August 9 and are being held at the Iraqi Interior Ministry

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