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Dubai TV reporter detained in Tehran

A 27-year-old reporter working for Dubai TV…

December 28, 2009 4:37 by

A 27-year-old reporter working for Dubai TV in Tehran was detained by Iranian authorities on Sunday even as anti-government protests raged in the city, reports Gulf News.

“Iranian Authorities have confirmed that Reza al-Basha has been detained as of Sunday afternoon,” Ahmad al-Shaikh, managing director and board member of Dubai Media Incorporated told the paper.  “We are working through our news agency in Tehran to resolve the matter with the concerned authorities.”

Reza al-Basha last contacted his family around 11 am local time (0730 GMT) on Sunday, saying that he was stuck downtown, a colleague told AFP.  “His two mobile lines have been off since then. We contacted the Foreign Press Bureau. The last thing they told us is that he is not among the dead and injured so he has most likely been arrested,” the colleague said.

Eight protestors have reportedly been killed and several injured in the clashes between anti-government protesters and security forces in Tehran. Police said on Sunday that more than 300 people had also been arrested.

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