Dutch journalists thrown out of Iran

15th June 2009, Comments 0 comments

Two Dutch journalists had their tapes seized, permits revoked and were ordered to leave the country as the tension continues to build in Iran.

The Hague – Iranian authorities have arrested two Dutch journalists covering the disputed presidential election and ordered them to leave the country, public broadcaster Nederland 2 said Sunday.

Their expulsion comes after thousands took to the streets of Tehran to protest the alleged rigging of Friday's elections which saw President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad crush his main rival, moderate former premier Mir Hossein Mousavi.

"NOVA journalist Jan Eikelboom and cameraman Dennis Hilgers must leave Iran," Nederland 2 said in a statement posted on the company's Internet site.

They "were filming in front of the headquarters of Mousavi, Ahmadinejad's main rival, when they were arrested by police.

"They were pushed against a wall and their tapes were seized. Their filming permits were withdrawn and they have to leave the country immediately," the statement said.

The journalists had been in Tehran for several days covering the hotly-disputed presidential election, the channel said.

Violence erupted for the second day Sunday in Tehran as Mousavi supporters clashed with riot police after an election that has set off deep divisions in the oil-rich Islamic republic.

The United States has cast doubt on the validity of the poll and several Western nations have voiced their strong concerns about the crackdown that has followed.

The BBC said Sunday that the satellites it uses to broadcast in Persian were being jammed from Iran, disrupting its reports on the election, and the Tehran office of Arab news channel Al-Arabiya has also been shut down for a week.

AFP / Expatica

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