Witness Statement of Saeed Pourheydar: A Journalist Under Pressure


Journalist Saeid Pourheydar, a former Iran prisoner and refugee, gives his witness statement to Iran Human Rights Documentation Center

Flüchtlingshilfe Iran e.V. 2010

In this witness statement and short video testimony, Saeed Pourheydar—an Iranian journalist now living in exile—discusses his arrest following the disputed June 2009 presidential elections in Iran and his subsequent detention at Evin prison.

In his statement, Pourheydar notes the pressures on himself and other Iranian journalists to not send news to the outside world and describes how his cell phone communications were monitored and under surveillance by Iranian authorities. Pourheydar also describes his trial before Judge Pirabbasi of Branch 26 of the Revolutionary Court in Tehran and how he received news of the death sentences of Gholamreza Khosravi and Saeed Malekpour.

Name: Saeed Pourheydar

Place of Birth:  Orumiyeh, Iran  

Date of Birth:  1981 

Occupation:  Journalist      


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