UN TOP OFFICIAL URGES INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF IRANIAN BLOGGER

> Date: Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:05:02 -0500
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> UN TOP OFFICIAL URGES INVESTIGATION INTO DEATH OF IRANIAN BLOGGER > New York, Nov 15 2012 10:05AM
> The head of the United Nations agency tasked with defending press freedom today <“http://bit.ly/T3mRre“>called for an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of an Iranian blogger. >
> “I am deeply concerned about the death in prison of Sattar Beheshti,” said the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Irina Bokova. “I urge the authorities to investigate Mr. Beheshti’s case and the exact circumstances of his death. >
> Mr. Beheshti, 35, wrote about politics and human rights in his blog, Magalh 91, according to the UN agency. He was arrested last month, and died while in detention on 6 November – his body was retrieved by his family for burial, and is said to have shown signs of violence. >
> “It is essential to respect the right of citizen and professional journalists to speak and write without fearing for their lives,” Ms. Bokova added. “Freedom of expression is a basic human right and essential component of democracy, good governance and rule of law.” > ________________
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