Media advocacy group worried about jailed Iranian journalists

August 24, 2007 23:43


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A journalist watchdog group expressed concern Friday for the health of two Iranian journalists facing the death penalty who have been on a hunger strike to protest their detention. Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said Adnan Hassanpour and Hiva Botimar had consumed only water for 42 days and quoted their lawyer, Saleh Nikhbakht, as saying they were very weak and "will not hold out much longer." The group said the two were refusing to eat to protest the conditions at Sanandaj prison, in Iran's Kurdish northwest, where they have been held for more than six months.

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