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Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested In Tehran

Iranian Filmmaker Jafar Panahi Arrested In Tehran

AFP is reporting that prominent Iranian director Jafar Panahi (“Offside”, “The Circle”) was arrested today, along with his wife and daughter, at a ceremony where mourners gathered to commemorate slain election protesters. AFP notes that “Panahi is a vocal critic of Iran hardliners and his movies have been banned for a decade from domestic cinemas despite their international success.” Several other mourners were also arrested by Iranian riot police. They were marking the 40th day since the death of Neda Agha-Soltan, a woman “who came to symbolise the protest movement against the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.”

The Times Online is also covering the events, while The New York Times is running a constantly updated blog on the protests, including information about Panahi.

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It has been reported he has been released along with Mahnaz Mohammadi & Rokhsare GhaemMaghami

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