Tehran urged to let foreign media work in Iran

19th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Spain's foreign minister asked Iran's ambassador to Madrid to allow Spanish journalists to cover events in his country.

Madrid – Spain's foreign minister on Thursday asked Iran's ambassador to Madrid to allow Spanish journalists to cover events in his country following restrictions placed on foreign media there, a source said.

Miguel Angel Moratinos asked the Iranian authorities to "reconsider their decision" not to renew the visas, due to expire Thursday, of a number of Spanish correspondents and to "allow them to continue to work," a diplomatic source said.

Ambassador Seyed Davoud M. Salehi, "committed himself to do all he could" regarding the request, the source added.

International media have been banned since Tuesday from reporting from the streets of Iran on demonstrations by supporters of defeated presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi, who wants a fresh election.

Iranian authorities have also accused some foreign outlets of being the "mouthpiece of rioters" while the elite Revolutionary Guards have told those writing online to delete reports that create tension.

Ten-day visas issued to visiting correspondents have not been renewed.

At the meeting, Moratinos also expressed his "condemnation of the violence against peaceful demonstrators" which the source said has left eight people dead.

He "called for a sense of responsibility" on the part of the Iranian authorities in order that such violence "does not happen again."

The result of the election should be "urgently clarified," the minister also told the ambassador.

AFP / Expatica

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