Azimi urges end to democracy push in Iran

June 27, 2007 06:25


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A radio reporter being detained in Iran urged the Bush administration to end its vocal campaign for democracy there, saying it encouraged Iran's current regime to curtail its citizens' freedoms. Parnaz Azima, who works for the US-funded Radio Farda, spoke with WTOP radio in a telephone conversation that she said she believed was being monitored, noting that she had been followed and photographed since her detention began. She is one of four Iranian-Americans arrested while visiting Iran and charged with endangering national security. Her passport was seized on Jan. 25 when she arrived in Tehran to visit her mother. She is free on bail but is barred from leaving the country. Three others remain in custody and the Iranian government has not spoken of their fate.

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