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Iran journalist arrested for sharing inappropriate photos of female MP

Politics Materials 11 May 2016 15:11
Iranian security forces have arrested a pro- conservative journalist over the controversial case of Minou Khaleghi
Iran journalist arrested for sharing inappropriate photos of female MP

Baku, Azerbaijan, May 11

By Khalid Kazimov - Trend:

Iranian security forces have arrested a pro- conservative journalist over the controversial case of Minou Khaleghi, a lawmaker-elect who has been barred from entering the Islamic Republic's next parliament allegedly for failing to observe Islamic dress code during an overseas trip.

Hamed Talebi, a former correspondent at Fars news agency, was arrested May 10, Tasnim news agency reported May 11.

According to Iranian media, Talebi is accused of publishing the photographs of a woman without Islamic veil, introducing her as Minou Khaleqi. The lawmaker-elect later denied that the photos belong to her.

The reports added that Talebi shared the photographs through mobile messaging app Telegram which reportedly led the Guardian Council to bar the lawmaker-elect from parliament.

The Guardian Council is a powerful constitutional watchdog body dominated by conservatives which vets candidates for parliamentary, presidential and other significant elections in Iran.

Khaleghi is a reformist figure who secured a seat in parliament from Esfahan constituency in elections held on February 26. The new parliament is expected to launch its first session on May 27.

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