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Iran to try nine Internet-based journalists

[JURIST] Iranian judiciary officials announced Tuesday that a group of pro-reform journalists will stand trial next week on charges of spreading propaganda against the Islamic government. The journalists, who wrote for Internet-based news organizations or maintained web logs, have all been arrested since September. Human rights groups, as well as some reformists in the Iranian government, have called the arrests politically motivated. Human Rights Watch said Tuesday that the Iranian government was attempting to silence Internet expression by its citizens, closing off the last outlet for communication. The journalists faced charges of "propagating against the regime, acting against national security, disturbing public opinion and insulting religious sanctities," according to the Iranian daily Etemad. Iranian journalists have turned to the Internet after the hardline government shut down over 100 pro-reform publications last year. Read the Human Rights Watch press release. Reporters Without Borders has more on the arrests of journalists in Iran. Reuters has more.

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